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Shankar Kashyap

HRD, President
Adivasi Adhikar Bachao Manch

Shankar Kashyap is a human rights defender and the President of the Adivasi Adhikar Bachao Manch, an organization that has been mobilizing protest movements to secure the rights of the Adivasi community. He is closely linked to the Morohnar Jan Andolan protest movement, which has been peacefully campaigning against iron ore mining in the Amdai Ghati Hills by Jayaswal Neco Limited Company. He is a vocal campaigner against the forcible acquisition of land and the impact of large-scale mining companies on the land, environment, livelihoods, and housing rights of affected indigenous communities. His work involves advocating for the implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006 and the Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act 1996, which mandate public consultation with the local community before sanctioning mining projects in Adivasi lands, resisting iron ore mining, and the construction of paramilitary camps in the region.

Human rights defenders in India face a diverse range of attacks and harassment from state and non-state actors alike, including killing, physical assault, arbitrary detention, threats and judicial harassment. Police officials are often the perpetrators of violence against HRDs, which is usually carried out with impunity. Armed groups and private companies also target HRDs for work related to economic development projects and their impact on the local communities or the environment. HRDs are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by radical nationalists.