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India: Update to Response to Information Request IND21356.E on the treatment of Adivasis by the government, particularly in Bihar state

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 May 1996
Citation / Document Symbol IND24138.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, India: Update to Response to Information Request IND21356.E on the treatment of Adivasis by the government, particularly in Bihar state, 1 May 1996, IND24138.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abe20.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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Sources consulted by the DIRB do not contain additional information to that provided in the above-mentioned Response on the treatment of Adivasis in Bihar state. However, the attached articles contain limited information on the Adivasis in general. The Amnesty International article claims that the Adivasi "are especially vulnerable to the types of human rights violations prevalent throughout India. In some instances, the desire for autonomy expressed by indigenous communities, for example in northeast India, has resulted in acute tensions resulting in violations by the armed forces and abuses by armed opposition groups" (Mar. 1996, 19). All-India Radio reported in May 1996 that violence had broken out "during clashes reportedly between the Bodo and adivasi tribal population" in Assam's Kokrajhar District (16 May 1996). Also attached is a Reuters report, published prior to the recently held elections, on indigenous tribes in India, which may be of interest.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

All-India Radio [New Delhi, in English]. 16 May 1996. "Unrest; At Least 10 Killed, 20,000 Homeless in Assam Unrest." (BBC Summary 17 May 1996/NEXIS)

Amnesty International. March 1996. Amnesty International and India. (AI Index: ASA 20/05/96). London: Amnesty International.

Reuters. 9 April 1996. BC Cycle. Narayanan Madhavan. "India's Indigenous Tribes Swap Slavery for Democracy." (NEXIS)

Attachments

All-India Radio [New Delhi, in English]. 16 May 1996. "Unrest; At Least 10 Killed, 20,000 Homeless in Assam Unrest." (BBC Summary 17 May 1996/NEXIS)

Amnesty International. March 1996. Amnesty International and India. (AI Index: ASA 20/05/96). London: Amnesty International, p. 19.

Reuters. 9 April 1996. BC Cycle. Narayanan Madhavan. "India's Indigenous Tribes Swap Slavery for Democracy." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

DIRB "Amnesty International: India" country file. September 1995 to present.

DIRB Indexed Media Review [Ottawa]. Weekly.

DIRB "India" country file. September 1995 to present.

The Europa World Year Book. Yearly. 1995.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

The Hindu [Madras]. Weekly. November 1995 to present.

Human Rights Watch World Report 1996. 1995.

International Services Group (ISG), Citizenship and Immigration [Hull]. Infrequent reports. November 1995 to present.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Monthly. 1995 to present.

Minority Rights Group Reports. Various dates.

On-line searches of news articles.

Oral sources.

Pacific Affairs [Vancouver]. Quarterly. 1995.

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