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Manipur:  IRAC demands swift action and speedy justice over horrific incident of sexual assault and parading naked of two Kuki tribal women

New Delhi: In a media statement released today, the New Delhi-based Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC), which works for the welfare of the Scheduled Tribes in India, stated that it is totally horrified by the incident of capturing of two innocent Kuki-Zo tribal women and parading them naked while sexually assaulting them by a mob …

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Torture and humiliation of a tribal man by a group of non-tribal men in Surajpur district, Chhattisgarh

On July 10, 2023, a tribal identified as Kalindar Ram Shandilya (35 years) was tortured and humiliated by a group of non-tribal persons at Mayapur village under Pratappur police station in Surajpur district, Chhattisgarh. The accused persons tied the victim to an excavator machine The victim was walking towards his village Sarhari from Mayapur along …

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SITUATION OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN INDIA – ANNUAL REPORT 2022

There are 104.3 million Scheduled Tribes, also called tribal or Adivasi, who are the indigenous peoples of India, constituting 8.6% of the country’s total population. In the largest democracy which India is, the Scheduled Tribes have been provided specific protective provisions in the Constitution, such as the Fifth and Sixth Schedules that provided them a …

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Press Release: Arunachal Pradesh Government asked to reject recommendation of Forest Advisory Committee to establish Community Reserve on community forest land

May 31, 2023 Press Release Dibang Multipurpose Project: Arunachal Pradesh Government asked to reject recommendation of Forest Advisory Committee to establish Community Reserve on community forest land New Delhi: The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC), which works for the welfare of the tribals/indigenous peoples in India, has written to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Pema …

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Torture of a tribal woman in Palamu district of Jharkhand

On May 14, 2023, a 14-year-old Oraon tribal woman was subjected to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment at the order of the village panchayat (council) at Jogidih village under the Paton police station in Palamu district of Jharkhand. The victim is orphaned and was living with her brothers. She refused to marry a …

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Alleged beating to death of a tribal man by policemen and forest officials in Uttarakhand

On March 20, 2023, a tribal youth named Kheem Singh (23) was reportedly beaten to death by four policemen and forest officials at Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. According to one Dharmendra Singh, the complainant and the employer of the deceased, they were on their way to Munsiyari when the four persons stopped their …

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Killing of an 18-year-old tribal youth  in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh

On March 16, 2023, an 18-year-old tribal youth identified as Bherulal in police firing at Dongargaon in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. The incident happened when a there was a crowd protesting the death of a 22-year-old tribal woman on March 15, 2023 and her family alleged that she was raped and murdered. The protestors …

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IMPACT OF MILITARIZATION ON RIGHTS OF Indigenous Peoples in India

In reponse to the call for submisisons by EMRIP, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Center (IRAC) and Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI) has made a joint submisison on “the impacts of militarization on the rights of indigenous peoples” in India. The Submission is available at: http://irac.in/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/IMPACT-OF-MILITARIZATION-ON-RIGHTS-OF-IPs_Joint-Submission_India_pdf.pdf

Human Rights Day: IRAC demands release of tribal undertrial prisoners in India

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day (10 December 2022) tribal rights organization, Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has demanded a review of “all the cases” lodged against tribals and the withdrawal of false/frivolous cases across India. IRAC suggested the constitution of a commission/committee headed by a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge …

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