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India: millions of Indigenous threatened with expulsion

million indigenous people in India are forced to leave their traditional habitat in the forests. The Supreme court ruled after complaints from conservationists.

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India: millions of Indigenous threatened with expulsion

million indigenous people in India are forced to leave their traditional habitat in the forests. The Supreme court ruled after complaints from conservationists. Charities are appalled.

By Bernd Musch-Borowska, ARD-Studio Neu-Delhi

According to a judgment of the Supreme court in India to millions of indigenous peoples to leave their habitat. The Supreme Court upheld a lawsuit by several conservation groups against the colonization of the forests, and ordered the eviction of people who have no land rights for the forests.

The most valid Indian forest act guaranteed to all those indigenous peoples, who have lived at least three generations in a particular Region, the right to this Land. Environmentalists had sued, because, in their view, as a result, the habitat for wild animals has been restricted. This is the view of the Supreme court of the castle now. As the deadline for eviction under the judgment in unlawful populated forests, the court continued the 24. July.

Up to eight million people are Affected

According to estimates by the human rights organization Survival International are affected by the decision more than a Million families in 16 States. "This decision is a death sentence for millions of Indigenous in India, land grabs in epic proportions, and a monumental injustice", said Stephen Corry, Director of the organization.

in Total, it is said, could be threatened with up to eight million people in the next five months of expulsion. In India, more than 100 million people belonging to indigenous peoples and as indigenous people of the Indian subcontinent apply to life.

criticism of government

The first reactions in the Indian media differ. So there is, among other things, criticism of the government in Delhi, which have not sent a representative to the hearing before the Supreme court, to support the rights of the indigenous population.

Furthermore, many of the years ago requests of indigenous peoples for recognition of their land have rights in the sluggish Indian bureaucracy. As a result, many of the now Concerned only because of outstanding authorities ' decisions would lose their home.

India - millions of people of indigenous peoples of expulsion threatened
Bernd Musch-Borowska, ARD New Delhi
22.02.2019 17:10 PM

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