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Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

In 2012, rioters torched a number of Buddhist temples in Bangladesh in some of the worst violence against the minority in the country's historyBangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the recent Rohingya crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours

‘In 2012, rioters torched a number of Buddhist temples in Bangladesh in some of the worst violence against the minority in the country’s history’

As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh’s small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours.

Many Bangladeshis are angry over the treatment in Buddhist-majority Myanmar of the Rohingya, a persecuted stateless minority who they see as Muslim brethren.

The anger is particularly acute in the southern district of Cox’s Bazar near the border with Myanmar, where many people have close links with the Rohingya and share linguistic and cultural roots.

But the area is also home to a sizeable Buddhist minority that has suffered hate attacks in the past. (more…)

Press Statement of Raja Devasish Roy, Chakma Circle Chief on Behalf of the Chakma Circle, Chittagong Hill Tracts on the “Rohingya issue

Raja Barrister Devashish Roy press conference at Raj office Rangamati on Rohingya issue. 17 September 2017. Rangamati, Chittagong Hill Tracts

Press Statement of Barrister Raja Devasish Roy

The inhabitants of the Chakma Circle are deeply distressed at the recent arrival in Bangladesh, in tragic circumstances, of a few hundred thousand men, women and children, members of ethnic and religious minorities groups, from Rakhine State, Myanmar or Burma.

In principle, we support the policy of the Government of Bangladesh in this matter. We condemn the discriminatory and violent conduct of the Government of Myanmar, which is contrary to human rights and humanitarian norms.

We appeal to the government to engage in bilateral and international diplomatic initiatives to facilitate the early repatriation of the refugees to their own homes and lands, with dignity, due compensation and safety and security. (more…)

JPNUK Press Release – joint memorandum by JPNUK and Survival International to PM of Bangladesh and Demonstration in front of Bangladesh High Commission in London 04 July 2017

 

To download:   Joint memorandum by Jumma Peoples Network UK and Survival International to PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed 

Press Release by Jumma Peoples Network, UK

     London, 4 July 2017

Jumma Peoples Network UK (JPNUK) a non-profit, non-aligned human rights organisation based in the UK, in association with Survival International organised a peaceful demonstration outside the Bangladesh High Commission, 28 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5JA on Tuesday 4 July 2017. This event was to highlight the vicious pre-planned arson attacks on three indigenous villages in Langadu, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh on 2 June 2017 where at least 250 houses were burned down by Bengali settlers despite the presence of army and police personnel at the scene. Hundreds of men, women and children had to flee to nearby forests and villages to escape the violence.

Ujjaini Roy from JPNUK, Sophie Grig from Survival International, Chris Chapman from Amnesty International, Right Honourable Ushatan Talukdar, current MP of Rangamati Hill District, Bangladesh, Pushpita Gupta from Campaign for the Protection of Religious Minorities in Bangladesh and Nirmul Committee, Nichola Chakma, a young Jumma activist from the UK, Shaymal Chakma, a research student at SOAS from Mizoram state of India and Rev. Dato Dr. Sumana Siri, from International Buddhist Cultural Organisation UK spoke at the event. Other members of the Jumma community and well-wishers were also present.

At the end of the protest Jumma Peoples Network UK and Survival International submitted a joint memorandum to the Bangladesh High Commission to be delivered to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

Ujjaini Roy from Jumma Peoples Network UK and Sophie Grig from Survival International with the joint memorandum to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Info on Langadu arson attacks:

http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/11704

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa13/6423/2017/en/

https://www.theapolitical.in/south-asia/achr-approaches-un-against-lt-col-abdul-alim-chowdhury

 

 

 

NHRC seeks Army’s explanation

The National Human Rights Commission has written to the defence ministry asking for a Bangladesh Army explanation for the death of Romel Chakma as a commission investigation has observed that army personnel concerned cannot avoid the responsibility for the death.
Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque told New Age on Friday that a full commission meeting analysed the investigation report and sent a copy of the report to the defence ministry asking for the explanation from the army in the past week.
‘We did not get any version from army, so we wrote a letter to the defence ministry based on the recommendation made by the commission probe committee on the issue,’ he said. (more…)

Ethnic minority victims sued by Bengali

The ethnic minority people whose houses were burnt at Langadu in Rangamati on June 2 in arson attack by Bengalis were prosecuted on Wednesday on charge of setting fire to houses and shops of Bengalis.
Ruling Awami League local leader Mahbub Miah, also former Mainimukh union parishad member, filed the case with Rangamati Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday accusing 44 ethnic minority people of setting fire to houses and shops of Bengalis at Batyapara and Kathaltala of Langadu on June 1, a day before the arson attack on ethnic minorities.  (more…)

Statement of PCJSS on setting fire to Jumma Houses, Looting and Perpetrating Communal Attack by Bengali Settlers led by the Ruling Party with Active Support of Army-Police in Longadu

The Bengali settlers led by the local Awami League-Juba League perpetrated an organized attack involving arson and plundering the Jumma houses in Tintila of Longadu Upazila Sadar and in the adjacent Manikjorchara and Batya Para with active support of the army-police forces from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm on 2 June 2017. Around 250 houses were burnt to ashes during the arson attack. Of them, there were 94 houses and shops in Tintila of Longadu sadar, 88 houses in Manikjorchara and 42 houses in Batya Para. During the incident, one Guna Mala Chakma (75) died inside a burning house for not being able to flee and three innocent Jumma villagers were also subjected to beating of Bengali settlers. (more…)

Ushatan Talukder MP visits post-arson-incident situation in Longadu

Ushatan Talukder, Member of Parliament (MP) of 299 Parbatya Rangamati constituency and also Vice President of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) paid a visit to Longadu on 14 June 2017 to see aftermath situation of looting and arson attack in the  Jumma dwellings by the Bengali settlers in collusion of law enforcing and security forces. He visited the damaged villages of Tintila, Manikjorchara, Batya Para and Boradam and also called on the family of deceased Nurul Islam Nayon, the motor cycle driver of whose death had triggered the Longadu arson tragedy. He attended in two separate view exchange meetings with the government officials and public representatives at Longadu Upazila conference hall and with the affected Jumma people of arson attack at Manikjorchara in Longadu. (more…)

On Vatican Radio – Sectarian violence flares up in south-east Bangladesh

Thousands of indigenous people in south-east Bangladesh are fleeing the wrath of Bengali Muslims settlers who blame them for the death of a local youth leader of Bangladesh’s ruling party,  AsiaNews reported.  Members of the mostly Buddhist Chakma community in Rangamati district fled after their homes were torched by angry Muslim mobs following the death of Nurul Islam Nayan, a leader of Jubo League, the youth organization of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League.  It is still unclear how Nayan died, but his body was found near a road on 1 June, but Bengali settlers nearby blamed it on the indigenous people, who reject the accusation.

“The culture of impunity and the state’s failure to protect indigenous people on the hills show that a slow genocide is taking place,” Theophil Nokrek, secretary of Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Bangladesh (CBCB) said.  “The violence was pre-planned and part of annihilating indigenous peoples from hills, and the state mechanism was a cohort in the case,” Nokrek told UCANEWS.

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‘We will break every bone’: Islamist leaders threaten Bangladeshi lawyer

Sultana Kamal, chair of Transparency International Bangladesh, angered hardline Islamists by defending installation of statue outside Dhaka’s supreme court

Human rights groups have warned about the safety of a prominent Bangladeshi lawyer after Islamist leaders threatened to “break every bone” in her body for defending the installation of a Lady Justice statue outside the country’s supreme court.

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Protesters call on international community to help Thet minority following alleged arson attacks

Over 300 Rakhine residents protested in front of a UN office in Maungdaw township on June 14 claiming the international community has not done enough in response to a spate of attacks against a Buddhist minority community in Bangladesh.

Led by the Arakan National Party (ANP), the protesters slammed the United Nations for allegedly failing to protect the Chakma minority – also called Thet – who live in the Chittagong Hills.

U Khin Maung Than, chair of the ANP, said that thousands of Chakma residents from Rangamati District’s Longadu area have been displaced after several arson attacks destroyed three villages on June 2. He said 200 houses and shops were destroyed in the remote area.

The protesters said the UN Human Rights Council has not said anything about the issue, and they want to call the international community’s attention to it.

“We are protesting in front of the UN office because we want to let the whole world know about the bullying and killing of the Thet minorities by the Bengali people in Bangladesh,” said U Khin Maung Than.

source: http://www.bnionline.net/news/arakan-state/item/3159-protesters-call-on-international-community-to-help-thet-minority-following-alleged-arson-attacks.html

Jumma-people-passing-days-under-severe-insecurity-as-CHT-accord-unexecuted-says-Santu-Larma

CHT Journal Desk: I have no faith any more in the current government that it would implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord completely. The jumma people are going through a suffocating situation and passing their days under severe insecurity as the deal has not executed entirely over the past nineteen years.

Oppression, torture and exploitation are going on against the ethnic minority people in hills by the state machineries. Houses of our people are being burnt by the Bengali settlers in presence of sate forces, rendering our jumma people homeless. (more…)

3 investigations, 39 IOs fail to trace Kalpana Chakma

Three investigations and 39 investigation officers have so far failed to unearth the mystery of the abduction of Kalpana Chakma and trace the Hill Women’s Federation leader even after 21 years of her abduction.
A police investigation, three-member judicial inquiry commission led by retired High Court judge Abdul Jalil and Criminal Investigation Department produced inconclusive observations about the whereabouts of Kalpana Chakma, abducted on June 12, 1996.
The Rangamati Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court on June 8, 2017 deferred until July 18 the hearing in the abduction case.
The nearing was deferred as the prosecution failed to produce a videotape made by the judicial inquiry commission and news reports published in Bengali dailies Bhorer Kagoj and Sangbad on June 23 and 24 in 1996, said plaitiff’s lawyer Jewel Dewan of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust. (more…)

Arson attack in Longudu: protest demonstration in front of the Australian Parliament House

Press Release

Arson attack on four Jumma indigenous villages in Longudu, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh and protest demonstration in front of the Australian Parliament House

On 2 June 2017, a communal arson attack by state sponsored settlers, with the support of the Bangladesh military and Bangladesh police, destroyed and burnt into ashes 244 houses in indigenous Jumma villages (Tintila, Battya Para, Kattoltola and Manikbi Chhora) at Longudu Upazilla, Rangamati. 70 year old Guna Bala Chakma was reported burnt alive, while many are still missing. Hundreds, including children and the elderly, are without food and shelter in this time of the rainy season.

 

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Insecurity grips young girls, women of ethnic minority

Young girls and women of the ethnic minority people of the villages at Langadu in Rangamati that came under arson attack by Bengali settlers on June 2 are now in fear of physical and sexual violence.
Some of those women and young girls, who returned to the villages after passing a week in deep forests in remote hill areas, said that they could now go out only if accompanied by males and they were sleeping in shelters at night as their homesteads were not still safe for them.
‘I have not brought my college-going daughter to the locality fearing physical and sexual violence,’ said schoolteacher Shushil Jiban Chakma, who took shelter at Bana Bihar temple.

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Demonstration across the Globe against heinous attack on the Indigenous people in Longadu, Bangladesh by Bangali Muslim Settler

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Longudu attacks in Bangladesh: ACHR approaches UN against deployment of Lt. Col. Abdul Alim Chowdhury in Peacekeeping missions

Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today intervened with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) against deployment of Lt. Col. Abdul Alim Chowdhury in any future United Nations Peace Keeping Operations for his role in the communal attacks on indigenous Jumma peoples at Longudu, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) of Bangladesh. ACHR also urged Lacroix to ensure that Officer-In-Charge (OC) of Longudu police station Mominul Islam is also not deployed for any Civil Police duty of the UN peacekeeping missions. (more…)

Dhaka’s Covert and Illegal War against Indigenous People of CHT

Traditionally, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) belongs to the 11 ethnic groups who collectively call themselves “Jumma indigenous people”.

Dhaka has been silently sponsoring migration of millions of non-indigenous people from other parts of Bangladesh to CHT since the 1980’s. As a result, the population of non-indigenous people dramatically increased from about 7% in 1971 (birth of Bangladesh) to over 60% in 2011 (the figure was 1.8% in 1947, at the birth of Pakistan). With its massive migrant population now Dhaka has totally crippled the local indigenous people and started dominating them politically, economically, socially and culturally. Two examples: (more…)

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT ON LANGADU ATTACK

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

PUBLIC STATEMENT

Ref: ASA 13/6423/2017

5 June 2017

Bangladesh: Investigate vicious mob violence against Indigenous Peoples

Bangladeshi authorities must bring to justice those responsible for a vicious mob attack on Indigenous Peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), which left hundreds of homes torched and at least one person dead, Amnesty International said. The organization is also deeply concerned about reports that soldiers used excessive force against peaceful protesters who have called for justice for the attack, and that police and soldiers were present during the initial attacks and did not intervene to protect Indigenous villagers. (more…)