Call to India's government to protect rights of indigenous forest communities

Decisions are due to be made about the controversial Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) Bill 2015 in India.

The Bill would create a Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF), which means centre and state authorities - with little indigenous representation - would decide how to spend most of the compensatory funds rather than sharing them with forest-dependent communities.

Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) New Publication: HerStory of Empowerment, Leadership and Justice

‘The indigenous women’s voices and “her stories”, as an integral part of the women’s movement and indigenous peoples’ movement, remain faint. This reflects the overall conditions of indigenous women as relatively more marginalized, discriminated against and dis-empowered at all levels. It also illustrates the urgent need to strengthen indigenous women’s organizations and institutions, as well as their leadership and effective participation, in all matters that concern them as women and as indigenous peoples.’ Joan Carling, Secretary General, AIPP.

Further Follow-up report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

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)

Killing of tribal youth at the hands of the Forest Department in Buxa Tiger Reserve, North Bengal, condemned by NFFPFW

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.

Thousands protest, demanding halt to evictions and amendments to Forest Rights Act, Scheduling of Adivasi Areas - Press Release by Campaign for Survival and Dignity, India

Thousands of people have come on to the streets between May 7th and 11th in response to the call to action of the Campaign for Survival and Dignity, a federation of tribal and forest dwellers' organisations from across the country. The protesters demanded an immediate halt to the evictions taking place across India, where adivasis and forest dwellers are being targeted in a deliberate effort to prevent them claiming their rights under the historic Forest Rights Act passed in December last year.

Village Forest Protection Committees in Madhya Pradesh: an update and critical evaluation


Formalised by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1991 and funded by the World Bank from 1994 to 1999, Joint Forest Management (JFM) in Madhya Pradesh has been the subject of great controversy within Adivasi, activist and academic circles, and has lead to strong Mass Tribal Organisation opposition to the project at state level. Although JFM claims to promote greater participation and benefits to communities, in many cases its underlying objective has been to reduce the dependence of Adivasi communities on the forests they have managed for centuries, and to curtail their rights to their lands and resources. Its implementation rests on the formation of Village Forest Protection Committees, through which government and development aid funds are channelled for ‘forest management’ and village-level development works. Since Bank funding ended in 1999, the Village Forest Protection Committees (VFPCs) in Madhya Pradesh have been largely non-functional. Nevertheless the JFM policy and project have left a legacy of Adivasi disempowerment and community-level divisions [documented in reports such as Sarin et al, 2003 [1] , the Summary Report of Jan Sunwai (Public Hearing) on Forest Rights at village Indpura, Harda District, 26 May 2001, etc.] which are still affecting communities.