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A Commitment to Forest Rights could change the course of the 2019 General Election A campaign for implementation of the FRA could capture 133 seats

Poor implementation of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA) which legalises the land rights of India’s 200 million forest dwellers, could be, if made into a vibrant election issue, become a deciding factor in how a fourth, i.e. 25 per cent (133 of 543) constituencies vote in the coming general election. A detailed analysis by the…

What should a Campaign for Forest Rights demand in 2019? Strengthening conservation efforts and transforming forest management are key focus areas

Evidence from the ground shows that rights holders that have rigorously used FRA 2006, specially its community rights provisions, to achieve the following goals: Transforming forest management to meet local livelihood and cultural needs; Ensuring food security and poverty alleviation; Securing gender justice and rights of women over land and forest; Strengthening conservation efforts and…

Teesta Setalvad and Roma talk to Adivasi Human Rights Activists and Forest Dwellers in Sonbhadra, UP, India

CJP in Action: Defending Adivasi Human Rights Activists in Courts CJP is providing legal aid to leaders and members of the forest workers movement in Uttar Pradesh

India’s indigenous peoples, most commonly called ‘Adivasis’, which means ‘original inhabitants’, are under attack in various areas of the country. With the rising looting and exploitation and mounting corporate greed and the thirst for mineral-rich land, India’s Adivasis are increasingly being displaced from the very lands they helped cultivate and fertilised for generations. Not only…

Adivasis sorting out Tendu leaves

Deliberate Attempt to weaken Forest Produce scheme? Slow and certain moves to attack incomes and rights of forest dwellers

For the longest time, the lobby of contractors, bureaucrats, forest department officials and other traders have kept local forest dwellers away from their own work of labour, namely Minor Forest Produce or MFPs, giving them only wages for the work they would do to collect and process forest produce. The profit would inevitably be scooped…

UP’s Indomitable Van Tangias: Overcoming Marginalisation with Tenacity How unions pressurised CM Adityanath to recognise several villages as Revenue Villages

In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Adityanath has reportedly “stepped up efforts to expand his influence in the most backward communities” living in the forest protected regions of the Eastern UP. This, the CM plans to do by granting revenue status to villages which will entitle them…

वन अधिकार रक्षकों के पक्ष में आया अलाहाबाद हाईकोर्ट का फ़ैसला आदेश है कि किसी दावेदार को न झेलनी पड़े परेशानी

वन अधिकार अधिनियम 2006 के तहत दावों को दर्ज करने वाले वन श्रमिकों और आदिवासियों के लिए हाईकोर्ट का ये आदेश एक बड़ी जीत की तरह है. अलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायालय ने अपने इस फैसले में न केवल वन अधिकारों को मान्यता दी है, बल्कि यह भी सुनिश्चित करने का आदेश दिया है कि दावेदारों के साथ…

Forest Dwellers and Adivasis carrying forest produce

Allahabad HC stands by Forest Rights defenders Orders no claimant be harassed

In a big victory for forest workers and Adivasis who had been filing claims under the Forest Rights Act 2006, the Allahabad High Court has not only recognised forest rights, but also ruled that the harassment of claimants be brought to an end immediately.   Earlier this year the Swaraj Abhiyan Committee had discovered that 90…

आदिवासी मानवाधिकार रक्षकों को मिली ज़मानत – किस्मतिया और सुखदेव आए घर, सुकालो भी जल्द होंगी रिहा UP के वन अधिकार रक्षकों को अलाहाबाद उच्च न्यायलय द्वारा न्याययिक विधि की अनुमति दिए जाने के बाद मिली ज़मानत

आदिवासी मानवाधिकार रक्षकों सुकालो और किस्मतिया गोंड के लिए चलाए गए रिहाई अभियान में CJP और ऑल इंडिया यूनियन ऑफ फ़ॉरेस्ट वर्किंग पीपल (AIUFWP) को महत्वपूर्ण सफलता हासिल हुई है. सुकालो, सुखदेव और किस्मतिया गोंड को अवैध रूप से कई महीनों तक बंदी बना कर रखे जाने के बाद अब ज़मानत मिल गयी है. सुखदेव और किस्मतिया को ज़मानत पर रिहा कर…

Roma Malik

Kismatiya and Sukhdev Released Victory for CJP and AIUFWP's campaign to release forest rights defenders

We’ve just had a huge victory in our campaign for Adivasi forest workers in Sonbhadra. Kismatiya Gond and Sukhdev Gond have finally been released. Now, we await the bail hearing for Sokalo Gond, who serves as Member Executive Council of the AIUFWP.     Related: Victory! Kismatiya and Sukhdev, Adivasi HRDs from UP released on…

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