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Arbitrary arrest of 28 tribal youths for protesting against proposed bauxite mining in Odisha

The Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has issued an urgent appeal to the National Human Rights Commission of India on 28 November 2021 regarding the arbitrary arrest of 28 tribal youths for protesting against the proposed bauxite mining at their sacred shrine of Mali Parbat in Koraput district of Odisha. The Adivasis of Odisha have …

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Third-degree torture given to seven tribal villagers by forest guards on the suspicion of being involved in poaching in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra

IRAC has moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the third-degree torture given to seven tribal villagers namely Aakash Chandekar, Ishwar Ramteke, Hanuman Asutkar, Sandeep Asutkar, Sandeep Nehare, Mangesh Asutkar and Rakesh Sao by forest guards on the suspicion of being involved in poaching of spotted deer in Durgapur in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra …

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Illegal arrest and custodial torture of tribal youth at the Sultan Bathery police station in Kerala

On 12 November 2021, a tribal youth identified as Deepu (22 years) was tortured at the Sultan Bathery police station in Wayanad district of Kerala. The victim is a resident of Athikadavu Paniya tribal colony of Meenangadi town in Wayanad district of Kerala. He is a daily wage worker.. On 12 November 2021, he was …

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Custodial torture of tribal farmer in Suryapet district,Telangana

On the night of 10 November 2021, a tribal farmer identified as Veerashekar (25 years), was tortured in custody at Atmakur police station in Suryapet district in Telangana. Veerashekar is a resident of Ramoji Tanda under Atmakur Police Station in Suryapet district. In the afternoon of 10 November 2021, when he was working at his …

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Forced eviction of 145 Garo and Chakma tribal families by the forest department in Assam

On 8 November 2021, around 145 Garo and Chakma tribal families were evicted by the forest department from Lumding reserve forest in Hojai district of Assam. The tribal victims included 55 Garo families at Paglabasti and 60 Garo and Chakma families in Hajibasti and 30 Garo families staying in the Langsipai area of the Lumding …

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CALL FOR APPLICATION: Capacity Building For Indigenous Peoples On Business And Human Rights (Asia)

The Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI), Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Indigenous Rights Advocacy Center (IRAC), Lawyers Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP) and Panaghiusa-Philippine Network to Uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (Panaghiusa), are organizing a 2-part capacity building for Indigenous Peoples in Asia, on the topic of business and human rights. Due to the COVID19 restrictions, this capacity …

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IRAC intervenes against denial of ST certificate to about 50 Adiyan tribal families in Tamil Nadu.

On 9 October 2021 the Indigenous Rights Advocacy Centre (IRAC) has intervened with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) against  the denial of Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificate to about 50 Adiyan tribal families in Rangammal Chathiram Colony in Pudukkottai district, Tamil Nadu. Adiyan is recognized as a Scheduled Tribe community of Tamil Nadu as per …

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False FIR against 7 Chenchu tribals in Telangana

IRAC has taken strong note of a report in The Times of India titled “Telangana: Complaint against seven members of Chenchus after clash with forest officials” dated 4 July 2021 (accessed at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/complaint-against-7-chenchus-after-clash-with-forest-officials/articleshowprint/84102211.cms)   According to the report, seven Chenchu tribals were accused of pouring petrol on a forest beat officer at Macharam in Amrabad …

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