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Subject: Assault on the rights of tribal peoples in India
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.