India: Appeal to the government and the UN on indigenous forest communities’ rights
The Indian government is producing many proposals to make more profit from the country’s forests. These include wider application of their huge Compensatory Afforestation Fund and private leasing plans. India’s Orissa state is trying again to start mining bauxite for the aluminium smelter of Vedanta Ltd, despite long-standing protests and opposition. All these plans would lead to evictions and other violations of forest communities’ rights as well as the degradation of biodiversity, as the proposals foresee replacing forests with monocultures, mines etc. More than 15 international organizations appeal to the Government of India, to the UN Human Rights bodies and others, to halt the threatening plans.