Ever since the much-awaited implementation of the historic Forest Rights Act 2006 (FRA) had started in North Bengal, the State Government did everything possible to slaughter it. Grossly illegal orders were issued from the Writers Buildings, and the Government Officers in charge of the process have succeeded to make a mockery of the provisions of the Law.
A recent independent NGO report on the World Bank-funded Lanco Power Station project in Chhattisgarh, India shows serious negative consequences for local communities, including loss of land, polluted rivers and receding water levels. The project is funded by the private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which adopted in 2006 a new set of social and environmental safeguards, which the report finds have not been properly applied.
An analysis of the social impacts and community engagement process for an IFC-supported project in Chhattisgarh, India. It also provides an assessment of the application of IFC Performance Standard 7 (Indigenous Peoples) and related IFC standards and due diligence requirements, in the light of the project's significant adverse impacts on affected communities. It is based on a detailed reading of project documents, interviews and correspondence with relevant officials, and five days offieldwork conducted in the affected communities in March 2008.
in response to the follow-up report submitted in June 2008 (see related reports)
Follow-up report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) regarding grave and persistent violations of indigenous peoples' rights in North East IndiaSubmitted to the 73rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 28 July - 15 August 2008
(Also see original submission to CERD, CERD's Concluding Observations of March 2007, and Follow-up report, January 2008)
regarding grave and persistent violations of indigenous peoples' rights in North East India. Submitted to the 73rd Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 28 July - 15 August 2008 (Also see original submission to CERD, below, CERD's Concluding Observations of March 2007, and Follow-up report, January 2008)
A group of four youths from North Poro forest village in Buxa Tiger Reserve near Alipurduar, North Bengal went in the morning today, 8 February 2008, to the forest to collect fuelwood. While they were coming back, they met the routine Patrol Unit of the Forest Department (FD). The FD Patrolling unit stopped them to question about the fuelwood they were carrying. It was just when the boys, aged between 20-25 years of age, were telling them, one of the Patrol unit members of FD shot one of the boys - aiming straight at the head of the boy from a very close range.
FPP letter of protest to the Supreme Court of India
After an inexplicable delay of 12 months, the Government of India, at long last, notifies the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. This notification means that the Act will be in force from 1st January, 2008. In these 12 months adivasis in various forest areas of the country have been subject to systematic assaults by the forest department and a host of other forces, who did not like the idea of India's forest resources being controlled by the forest dwellers.