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Forest dwellers protest evictions in India
RRI Partner Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) reports about the difficulties faced by forest dwellers in India. Their situation was supposed to improve after the adoption of a Forest Rights Act last December, but its implementation has been delayed. In fact, evictions are taking place across the country, targeting indigenous people and treating them as encroachers on a wild land, while they have been inhabiting the forest for generations. These evictions prevent them from claiming the rights they are entitled to under the new legislation. In the meantime, land grabbing and forced deplacement to the benefits of corporations has intensified. All these developments have led to massive protests by forest dwellers and civil society representatives in India. They are demanding a stop to the eviction process, an amendment of the Forest Rights Act to correct its shortcomings, and the enforcement of the rights the Act guarantees them.
See FPP website for more details.
Posted By Anne-Sophie Samjee at 10:30am on June 08, 2007
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