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Weekly Vigil to Save the Jarawa - Reminder

Survival International | 16.10.2006 13:52 | Anti-racism | Repression | Social Struggles | London | World

Survival International are holding a weekly vigil at India House in solidarity with the Jarawa tibe

Photo of Jarawa tibe
Photo of Jarawa tibe

The isolated Jarawa tribe, having hit the headlines for surviving the 2004 tsunami intact, are in danger of being wiped out completely by settlers invading their land. Indian settlers are stealing the animals the Jarawa hunt, plying them with alcohol and tobacco, sexually abusing Jarawa women and using the men as cheap labour. Outsiders also bring the risk of disease to which the Jarawa, following thousands of years of isolation, have no immunity.

Please join our weekly vigil to demand that India act now to save the Jarawa from extinction.

WHERE? India House, Aldwych, London
WHEN? Every Tuesday from October 10th - 12.30pm - 2pm

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? The Indian authorities' policy acknowledges the need to protect Jarawa land from poachers, and recognises their rights to live on their land in the way they choose. In 2002, the Supreme Court of India ordered that the Andaman Trunk Road that cuts through their land should be closed. However, the road remains open, and there appears to be little practical effort to safeguard the Jarawa and their land from outsiders. The only hope for the Jarawa is that these policies are implemented fully and without delay. If poaching and the creation of dependency are not checked, the authorities' groundbreaking recognition of the Jarawa's right to decide their own future will be meaningless, and they will have no hope for an independent future.

Please join us and help make our protest a powerful statement. For directions, please see the following link:

Please call 020 7687 8700 for more information

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