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Stop illegal evictions

Jenu Kuruba woman evicted from Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. A Jenu Kuruba recently evicted from their forest told Survival, “What the Forest Department did with us before the eviction was a kind of torture. They said we killed animals, they put false charges against us, and they didn’t allow us to do anything in the forest.”

Jenu Kuruba woman evicted from Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. A Jenu Kuruba recently evicted from their forest told Survival, “What the Forest Department did with us before the eviction was a kind of torture. They said we killed animals, they put false charges against us, and they didn’t allow us to do anything in the forest.”
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Please help us protest against the illegal eviction of tribal people from tiger reserves across India.

Evicting tribal people is not the answer to saving tigers from extinction.

Many Indian tribes revere the tiger as a god. They have nurtured and protected their forests for centuries, allowing the tigers to survive.

Despite this, the authorities are evicting thousands of tribal people from their lands. At the same time, they allow hundreds of thousands of tourists to enter.

These evictions are illegal. They destroy lives. And they won’t save the tiger.

As one Soliga activist warned, “If you remove us, the tigers will disappear.”

Conservation organizations, such as the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), are guilty of supporting evictions, both directly and indirectly. WCS India has led the call for the relocation of tribal people from tiger reserves.

Please help us stop these evictions by sending this message to India’s Ministers of Environments and Forests and Tribal Affairs and the heads of WCS and WWF.



To: Ministers for Environment and Forests and Tribal Affairs, Mr Samper and Mr Lambertini

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Dear Ministers, Dr Samper and Dr Lambertini,

I was shocked to learn that many thousands of tribal people are being threatened with eviction from tiger reserves across India, including Achanakmar, Nagarhole, Kaziranga and Amrabad Tiger Reserves.

Forest officials use coercion, harassment, false promises and threats to get people to “agree” to leave their forest. They do not inform them of their right to say no. “Relocations” under these conditions are illegal evictions.

According to national and international law, tribal people have the right to stay on their lands, including in conservation areas.

Evicting people from tiger reserves destroys lives and it’s disastrous for conservation, as tribal people are the best conservationists.

No relocations should take place without the people’s free, prior and informed consent. Those who have been forcibly evicted must be allowed to return.