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CJP webinar on Forest Rights: Testimonies from Grassroot Activists In Part 3 of our report on the CJP webinar, activists strike a hopeful chord

In the concluding part of Day 1 of CJP’s webinar, grassroot activists, many of whom work closely with our partner organisation All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) shared stories of small victories that helped end the day on an upbeat note. Nivada Rana: We have been facing oppression since the days of my…

Struggle for Forest Rights in India stretches from East to West Part-2 of CJP’s webinar reveals how grassroot activists from West Bengal to Maharashtra still struggle for Forest Rights

In the second leg, CJP and AIUFWP’s webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19, moved from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to other parts of the country. Grassroot activists from West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra joined moderator and CJP secretary Teesta Setalvad to share stories of how they continued a peaceful struggle for forest rights,…

Forest Rights and Covid-19: Through the eyes of UP and Uttarakhand grassroot activists Part-1 of CJP’s webinar reveals how authorities are abusing their power to usurp rights of forest dwellers

On August 7 and 8, 2020, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) conducted a two-day webinar titled Forest Rights Movement and Covid-19. The objective of this unique initiative was to provide a platform to forest rights defenders to share how officials of the forest department, police force…

CJP-AIUFWP move NCW against sexual assault and abuse of Van Gujjar women The women were brutally beaten up in broad daylight and were subjected to gendered violence in custody

After having registered its complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) along with All India Union for Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have now approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) against police personnel and forest officials of Rajaji National Park, Dehradun. The petition to NHRC was regarding the human rights…

CJP-AIUFWP petition NCST to take note of atrocities against Van Gujjars Their shelter destroyed, members of the tribe were even subjected to custodial violence

The injustices meted out to some members of the Van Gujjar community of Rajaji National park Dehradun, allegedly by forest officials and police personnel, have been brought to the notice of the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes (NCST). In a joint petition, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and the All India Union for Forest…

Tharu Adivasis return to farm lands despite threats Women of the indigenous tribe had been allegedly assaulted by gov't officials for tilling forest land

Martin Luther King Jr. is known to have said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter”. The Tharu Adivasi community of Kajaria village located in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Lakhimpur Kheri district, Uttar Pradesh, particularly the women, refused to remain silent after being threatened and assaulted by government officials demanding their…

Lilasi Adivasis get death threats for opposing land grab attempt Write letter to various authorities alleging complicity of local police

In yet another act of impunity, Adivasis protesting illegal construction on forest land were chased away by hired thugs who allegedly threatened to burn them alive if the Adivasis ever returned to the site. The incident took place in Lilasi village that falls under the jurisdiction of the Muirpur police station in Sonebhadra district of Uttar…

AIUFWP seeks to join inquiry committee in Van Gujjar assault case The Chief Conservator of Forests had ordered an independent inquiry into the matter

In the aftermath of the violent attack on Van Gujjars of Rajaji National Park, an independent inquiry has been ordered by the Principal Conservator of Forests, Uttarakhand to look into the matter. The All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP), a partner organisation with Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), has made a representation to…

Adivasi women attacked in UP, CJP-AIUFWP move NHRC Forest officials brandishing rifles allegedly molest Tharu women in broad daylight, assault youngsters

In yet another example of impunity, forest officials in Uttar Pradesh allegedly attacked and even molested Adivasi women belonging to the Tharu tribe, in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. In light of this, CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have once again approached the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding action…

CJP moves NHRC against police and forest officials in Dehradun for assaulting tribals Van Gujjars were beaten up, their shelter destroyed, they were even subjected to custodial violence

CJP and the All India Union of Forest Working People (AIUFWP) have brought to the attention of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) a recent instance of blatant violation of legal as well as human rights of Van Gujjars of Dehradun at the hands of police and forest officials. The complaint showcases how the officials not only…

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