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Resource for Legal Action

Laya has been involved in addressing land alienation and human rights issues, since its inception. Human rights are basic rights for human existence and refer more specifically to the socio-economic and cultural rights of the adivasi communities. For adivasis, the threat to natural resources like land, water and forests, is a threat to their livelihood which is symbiotic to their identity as an ethnic group. While there are protective laws in the Scheduled Areas, the rights of adivasis continue to be violated.

Laya's work related to Land Alienation and Human Rights is undertaken by the Resource for Legal Action (RLA), which is an autonomous unit. RLA Unit has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to safeguard the rights of the adivasi communities across four districts: East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari and Khammam.

The activities include:

  • Facilitating access to justice through legal and other advocacy measures
  • Empowering adivasi communities through awareness and legal education
  • Generating data for advocacy and training on the adivasis' rights to natural resources
  • Promoting activists/paralegals to play a vigilance role in safeguarding rights to natural resources.

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