Campaign against the eviction of ca. 10 million Adivasis

The Supreme Court of India threatened in February to evict ca. 10 million Adivasis, who had not got their legally recognised forests rights registered.

To prevent the evictions of Adivasis a representative of Emmaus Aurinkotehdas wrote in 2019 on the bases of the experiences and connections of our Adivasi cooperation an appeal to India and to the UN human rights bodies.

Friends of the Earth Finland also joined to sign our appeal to which we gathered with it signatures of ca. 30 organisations internationally, from different parts of the world including also from the Friends of the Earth International, World Rainforest Movement, Global Forest Coalition, GAIA Foundation, Forest Peoples Programme, Global Justice Ecology Project.

Also many UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights - on rights of indigenous peoples, on right to housing and on rights to the environment, etc. - to whom we had also sent our appeal, made then in their statements to India similar demands which we had made. In Finland also produced 2 news articles on the issue.

India's plans to evict Adivasis faced in India a lot of protests and public critique, which together with the support of international demands which we had also thus helped to raise, have supported Adivasis in preventing so far the planned mass evictions.

Now also the Tribal Ministry of India has publisheda process to correct the registration procedure of the rights of Adivasis to protect their Community Forest Resource for their customary sustainable use of biodioverse forests and the Habitat Rights of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups as our appeal had demanded to correct.