Urgent email

Stop the assault on the rights of tribal peoples in India

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India’s tribal peoples are reeling under a double blow. In February the Supreme Court ordered the eviction of 8 million tribal and forest dwellers – that’s the population of London or New York.

On top of this, the government, with advice from the CEO of WWF India, is proposing to change India’s Forests Act.

Their proposals include the militarization of India’s forests, with rangers given the right to shoot people with virtual immunity from prosecution, and taking away the rights of tribal peoples to their forests, in the name of conservation.

We know what this sort of militarized conservation looks like: In India’s Kaziranga National Park 50 people were shot dead in three years and a 7-year-old was maimed for life.

None of this will help save the tiger, or India’s forests – tribal peoples are the best conservationists and guardians of their lands.

We cannot allow these evictions or dangerous changes to the law to happen. Please email ministers in India now and urge them to stop these assaults on tribal peoples’ rights.

To: Ministers for Tribal Affairs and Environment and Forests

Target email addresses:[email protected] [email protected]

Dear Ministers Munda and Javadekar,

India’s tribal peoples face a deadly threat to their lives and livelihoods – from the Supreme Court eviction order, and from plans to militarize their forests and undermine their forest rights through the proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act (IFA). It is vitally important for the future of India’s tribal peoples (and forests) that these mass evictions do not take place. I urge the government to do all it can to appeal to the Supreme Court to halt these evictions. I also call on you to scrap the draft changes to the Indian Forest Act and restart the process, in full consultation with the tribal people who have lived in, managed and protected the forests for generations. It is essential that the IFA be amended in line with the Forest Rights Act. Yours sincerely,