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Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire

1.3.16

Chhattisgarh: Report to UN special rapporteur on recent escalation of counter-insurgency violence � Signalfire: Sub: ​ Communication Regarding: Escalation of counter-insurgency violence on indigenous people in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India and on human rights activists, lawyers and journalists who are working for the rights of the indigenous people in the abovementioned region.

Dear Madam,

This is to bring to your notice that indigenous activists and politicians, along with human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are being attacked violently by various groups in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, with the tacit and active encouragement of the state of these attacks. In addition, Chhattisgarh has seen a horrific state of affairs which equals to that of many militarised zones of the world due to the alleged base of guerrilla insurgents called the Naxalites – who are Maoists by political outlook and enterprise – in the state especially in a district named Bastar.

It is important to mention that Chhattisgarh is populated by more than a third by indigenous people, the adivasis, more than any other state in India. Despite this, it is greatly unaccountable to its own citizens. Even basic legal rights enshrined in the Constitution, such as the right of reservation (quotas) for public office are ​ routinely neglected​ alone specific regulations such as the Forest Rights Act and Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, which have been instituted to grant Adivasis their rights over land and resources.In the ostensible pursuit of counter-terrorism against the Naxalites, the state’s authorities have forcibly expelled many Adivasis from their villages, denying both their right to land and self-determination.


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