Survival international 267444 is a UK based human rights organisation campaigning for the rights of indigenous tribal peoples. The head of the organisation Stephen Corry has taken up the cause of over a million tribal people in India. They face being evicted from their homeland forest and jungle land after a couple of rulings by India’s supreme court. Evictions are to be executed in the next few months under official and police supervision.
Indian law gave legal rights over forest land to tribes and forest-dwelling communities provided they could prove their families have stayed there for at least three generations. However in mineral and resource rich areas the ability to defend this right has been heavily compromised.
Not all wildlife groups and conservationists are in favour of the tribes rights and their views have been used in a one sided court case that has brought the current issue to the fore.
‘With more than 700 tribal groups, India is home to over 100 million indigenous people. While the forest land is legally controlled by the government, people have lived in such areas for centuries.’ (Washington Post). Yet over the last 30 years, 5000 square miles of forests have been lost to encroachments and 24,000 industrial projects. It is believed that conditions under which these projects are given forest land are widely violated. (Scroll In)
- This post takes an opportunity to highlight a UK charity with global reach in support of vulnerable people and Traditional Forest Dwelling tribes.
- The conflicts created by government, business and environmental lobbies can leave ‘tribes’ without any appropriate support or unified voice.
- In this Indian case it appears that some charities are conflicted and are pursuing action that will positively harm the tribes.