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Tamil Nadu: Forcible Eviction of Tribal Families in Dharmapuri District

On 22 May 2024, the Indian Rights and Advocacy Council (IRAC) filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the forcible eviction of 15 tribal families by the forest department in the Pennagaram-Hogenakkal forest area, Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu. The eviction, which took place on 10 May 2024, targeted the “Poorvakudis” tribal …

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Maharashtra: IRAC urges NHRC action following mob lynching of tribal elders

On 4 May 2024, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) submitted a complaint to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) concerning the brutal killing of two elderly tribals, Jamni Telami (52 years) and Dewu Atlami (57 years), in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra. The victims were allegedly tortured and burnt alive by a mob acting under the …

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Jharkhand: IRAC moves NHRC over Killing of tribal man in police firing

On 18 April 2024, the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the killing of Hari Narayan Pahariya, a 30-year-old member of a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG), in police firing at Bada Danga Para village in Godda district, Jharkhand. The incident occurred on 17 April …

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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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