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Stop forced eviction of Adivasis & Forest dwellers: UN to India UN urges India to implement FRA 2006

A clearly worded communication sent by UN human rights experts to the government of India urges the rigorous implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA, 2006), suggests a more democratic and legal way of approaching individual and community claims under the law and points out the dangers of the imminent evictions of millions of…

What is the Forest Rights Act 2006 and how are we defending it FRA 2006

Why was Forest Rights Act 2006 enacted? Why do Adivasis say they got Independence only in 2006? What were the gross injustices that the Adivasis and traditional forest dwellers bore for centuries? Is their any hope for a better future for them? Is the Government trying to get away with the human rights violations they…

Maha gov’t blames DLCs for “unlawfully” rejecting Adivasis’ claims Says close examination of rejected cases has been “insightful”

The state of Maharashtra has held the District Level Committees (DLCs), part of its own bureaucracy, accountable for “unlawfully rejecting the land claims” of lakhs of Adivasis and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (OTFDs) as reported by Huffingtonpost on September 11. The DLCs comprise officers from Revenue, Forest and Tribal Affairs departments and three nominated members from…

Tharu Adivasis submit rebuttal against rejected land claims: Dudhwa National Park Forest dwellers had submitted community forest rights claims in 2013

Adivasis and forest dwellers of a village in Dudhwa National Park offer a point by point rebuttal to the fallacious claims of the Forest Department submitted as “grounds” to reject community forest rights claims (CFR). The villagers had submitted the claims as long back as in 2013. On July 31, 2013, forest dwellers from 17…

Dalits, Peacemakers

10 must read books about Adivasis and Forest Rights A curated list of some of the best books to understand the bond between forests and their inhabitants

With growing conversation around forest rights, we need to understand how India’s Adivasis and forest dwellers have played a key role in protecting forest cover and biodiversity. It is also important to examine their culture and history of living in harmony with nature and see for oneself how their existence is symbiotic with the forests…

Police Brutality against UP Adivasis

No procedure of eviction under FRA 2006: Chhattisgarh gov’t Analysis of state gov't affidavit submitted to SC

In a crucial intervention in the on-going litigation by Wildlife First challenging the constitutional validity of the law, Forest Rights Act (FRA) 2006, the Chhattisgarh state, in its affidavit filed in July 2019, not only recognises the lapses in recognition of forest rights, but also suggests the way forward. In its affidavit filed as a…

Rajkumari of Dhuma: Fighting for her rights with a song on her lips Human Rights Defender

“Our struggle is neither against the dam nor against the brokers; we are demanding our rights. We are demanding our land” says Rajkumari, a fiery activist of the Kaimur Kisan Andolan, which is part of the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP). Rajkumari Bhuiya from Dhuma has grown into an immutable voice who…

CJP brings Adivasis to Mumbai Shores Sonbhadra comes to Mumbai

On #WorldIndigenousDay, CJP is proud to stand with the Adivasi human rights defenders who are fighting for their ‘jal jangal zameen’. Related: FRA 2006 can’t be diluted Sokalo: An Adivasi warrior who defends her people Lobby of Corporate Interests, Bureaucrats and Mafia looting Forest Land: Roma Sonbhadra’s Mahua Coloured Dreams Rajkumari Bhuiya: Songs as her…

Over 30,000 Adivasis and Forest Dwellers take to the streets Nation-wide protests against eviction and amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927

Protests to defend provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006, oppose proposed draconian amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, and against the government’s antipathy towards the forest dwelling communities, erupted across India on July 22, 2019. More than 30,000 people participated in protests at various locations in different states including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh,…

Mahua coloured dreams

Mahua coloured dreams Forest produce and its relevance in the lives of forest dwelling communities in Sonbhadra, UP

Mahua, which has found mention in folk poetry, songs and stories is rightly called the “gift of Gods.” Flowering in summer, especially during March and April, the flowers provide respite to the lands and peoples stricken by drought and summers. These deciduous trees flower even as all other trees lie bare. It’s a revered tree…

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