Urgent email

Stop the assault on the rights of tribal peoples in India

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India’s Adivasi (Indigenous and tribal) peoples are under siege. Their lands and resources are being stolen, millions are being threatened with eviction and the rich diversity of their cultures is under threat as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s Hindutva (Hindu nationalist) agenda is imposed upon them. Although new farming laws have prompted the world’s biggest-ever protests, Modi is relentlessly pushing ahead with his authoritarian, pro-corporate agenda.

The current government is rewriting laws, ripping up safeguards, imposing draconian policies and attacking diversity. This amounts to the biggest assault on Adivasi peoples for decades. It’s intensified under the cover of COVID-19.

Adivasi communities across India are protecting their forests and lands from mining mega-projects that are being pushed by Modi and his corporate friends. The government has sought to undermine the vital Forest Rights Act (FRA) at every turn. Their failure to defend it from an attack by conservationists led to India’s Supreme Court ordering the eviction of millions of people from their forest homes.

We know that protesting makes a difference! Please email Narendra Modi and ministers in India now and urge them to do all they can to stop the Supreme Court-ordered evictions and uphold Adivasi rights in letter and spirit.

To: Ministers for Tribal Affairs and Environment and Forests

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Dear Prime Minister Modi & Ministers Munda and Yadav,

India’s tribal peoples are facing an unprecedented onslaught against their rights, lands, livelihoods and lives. Rather than protecting them, your government is actively enabling this attack through corporate-friendly policies, such as the notorious farm bills, the theft of Adivasi lands for conservation and “development” projects and the imposition of draconian policies that seek to destroy India’s diversity.

It is vitally important for the future of India’s tribal peoples, and the forests that they protect, that the mass evictions of millions of Adivasi people ordered by the Supreme Court do not take place.

It is also essential that no further mining or large infrastructure development occurs without the free, prior and informed consent of the gram sabhas (village councils), full environmental impact assessments and the recognition of rights under the Forest Rights Act.

The Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) and Forest Rights Acts must be fully implemented and upheld and those demanding their Constitutional rights should not be demonised or detained.

Yours sincerely,