Violence against those struggling to protect the environment has increased globally, with at least 200 people murdered in 2016 alone.
“The mindless mining and burning of fossil fuels through thermal power plants needs to stop.”
Prafulla Samantara is a key leader in the long struggle against bauxite mining in a forest safeguarded by indigenous Dongria Kondh people for centuries.
Over 70 organisations and 50 individuals have written to the president and prime minister in support of the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, a collective of tribes that opposes bauxite mining by Vedanta in Niyamgiri hills.
If the apex court decides in favour of the Odisha Mining Corporation, it will set a bad precedent, and may intensify state and corporate efforts to acquire tribal land for mining and other purposes.