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.