Write a letter for India's Adivasis
1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it
The Prime Minister’s Office pushed for the watering down of India’s most important law protecting tribal peoples’ rights to their lands and forest resources, claiming the change is needed because of delays to industrial projects.
The Forest Rights Act protects forest-dwellers rights to protect, manage and subsist from their forests. It was enacted to address ‘historical injustice to … traditional forest dwellers who are integral to the very survival and sustainability of the forest ecosystem’.
The erosion of a vital part of the Act is a dangerous precedent and sends a signal that industrial development should be allowed to trump tribal rights. It has caused outcry in India.
How you can help
Please write to the Prime Minister, asking him to withdraw the directive and protect the letter and spirit of the Forest Rights Act.