Closing the gap between law and practice on indigenous peoples rights in India

indigenous rights advocacy centre


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Torture of tribal youth by the forest staff in the Melaghat Tiger Reserve in Amravati district of Maharashtra

On August 25, 2022 a 25 year old tribal youth identified as Ankush Gorelal Mavaskar, a resident of Dhulghat Railway,…
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NHRC seeks action taken report from Odisha regarding destruction of crops and burning down of tribal huts

Acting on a complaint received from Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the…
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IRAC seeks action against killing of a tribal man by forest officials in Madhya Pradesh

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has strongly condemned the reported killing of a tribal man identified as Chain Singh…
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Newsletters

Newsletter: The “Indigenous Rights Monitor”, Vol.2, Issue.2

IRAC’s Quarterly Newsletter, “Indigenous Rights Monitor” covering the reporting period March 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022 is available at:…
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Situation of the Indigenous Peoples in India – Annual Report 2021

There are 104.3 million Scheduled Tribes, also called tribal or Adivasi, who are the indigenous peoples of India, constituting 8.6%…
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IRAC Impact: NHRC summons Jharkhand Chief Secretary over starvation of tribals

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  has summoned the Jharkhand Chief Secretary and the District Magistrate of Garhwa district to…
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Custodial death of Kuravar tribal man in Tamil Nadu

On April 27, 2022, K. Thangamani (47),a tribal belonging to the Kuravar community, died in judicial custody due to alleged…
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Kidnapping and killing of two tribal villagers by the Maoists in Maharashtra

On 14 April 2022, two tribal villagers namely Dalsu Hichami and Ashok Naroti were kidnapped and killed by the Maoists…
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Torture and humiliation of tribal youth by the police in Telangana

On the night of March 23, 2022, Madavi Nagaraju (19 years) who was earlier tortured and humiliated by the police…
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Custodial torture of Adivasi farmer by police official in Jharkhand

On the intervening night of 23-24 February 2022, a 42-year-old Adivasi farmer named Anil Kumar Singh was brutally tortured by…
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Killing of Kapil Majhi  by Maoists on the suspicion of being a police informant in Odisha

On 14 February 2022, a 32-year-old tribal man identified as Kapil Majhi  was killed by the Maoists on the suspicion…
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Reports

INDIA BRIEFING PAPER ON EVICTION

In order to control surging Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced a complete country-wide lockdown…
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Starvation of 33 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) families due to denial of ration in Jharkhand

On February 8, 2022 the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has moved the NHRC against denial of food ration to…
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Forced eviction of 45 Bodo tribal families by the forest department in Guwahati city of Assam

On January 31, 2022, 45 Bodo tribal families comprising of around 300 persons were forcibly evicted y the forest department…
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Assault and setting on fire of a tribal woman on suspicion of ‘witchcraft’ in Jharkhand

On January 12, 2022, a tribal woman identified as Jhario Devi (60 years)  was assaulted and set on fire on…
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Death of tribal woman due to alleged medical negligence in Telangana

On December 5, 2021, a tribal woman identified as MesramGangubai (23 years) allegedly died due to alleged medical negligence of…
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Harassment of tribal man by the police on false accusation of being a Maoist in Jharkhand

A tribal man identified as Birsa Majhi S/o Rameshwar Majhi was harassed by the police on false accusation of being…
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Lynching of a tribal man by a mob at Besrabazar village of Jharkhand

On January 4, 2022, a tribal man identified as Sanju Pradhan (30 years) was lynched by a mob for allegedly…
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Tribals injured in firing by Mizoram police

On December 31, 2021, two tribals namely Rathindra Reang (14 years) and his father Ramuhai Reang (40 years) were injured…
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Torture of Koraga tribal community members by police in Karnataka

On the night of December 27, 2021, one Rajesh and other members of Koraga tribal community were tortured by a…
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Who We Are

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for the rights of indigenous peoples in India. The organisation is run and led by a diverse team comprising of committed indigenous rights defenders  and lawyers. Under the able guidance of an Advisory Board, the team is led by human rights lawyer Dilip Kanti Chakma. IRAC seeks to combine practice, research, advocacy and collaboration as an effective method to promote and protect the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples. Read More

What We Do

Research

We carry out research on current and ongoing challenges pertaining to Indigenous Peoples’ rights and well-being.  IRAC seeks to collaborate with relevant international organizations, academic institutions and indigenous and other civil society organizations to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to current issues in Indigenous Peoples’ studies.

Advocacy

IRAC engages in coordinated  and strategic advocacy actions to promote meaningful reforms by state and non-state actors to improve protections for indigenous people’s rights. It supports Indigenous Peoples rights in India and in the South Asian region by strengthening local indigenous rights movements to bring awareness and international pressure to their struggles while enhancing Indigenous communities’ capacity to demand and assert their rights outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Interventions

We make timely and effective interventions on rights violations of the indigenous peoples in India. The interventions are both at the legal and policy level.

Capacity Building

We impart and facilitate training and capacity building programs  for individuals and organisations within the indigenous  communities in India to build skills and tools to protect against rights violations. The aim of the training programmes are to improve the situation of indigenous peoples in the country through capacity building and awareness raising on indigenous peoples’ issues.

Legal Support

We provide free legal support and representation to victims of rights violations, specially to IP Human Rights Defenders and WHRDs. We also run a free LEGAL HELPLINE manned by volunteers.

Collaboration & Solidarity

IRAC believes in collaborative alliances and actions in particular those working with and supporting human rights defenders, especially indigenous land and forest defenders and local communities. IRAC collaborates and works together with like minded organisations working for indigenous peoples rights in the region and globally; and for the protection, promotion and defence  of human rights and fundamental freedoms   across the world. Read More