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Update on Sexual Violence Against Marma Sisters: Now Confinement Along With Their Parents At A House in Rangamati

On 22 January 2018, two Marma sisters aged 18 and 14 were allegedly raped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint by the members of security forces at Oracchari village in Belaichari upazilla of Rangamati Hill District. The incident occurred around 3:00 am in the morning while a team consists of 12 Army personnel and 8 Ansar members were conducting a joint raid to seize a criminal in the said village. The survivors, one of whom was raped and the other sexually assaulted, confirmed that the perpetrators were in military uniform. It is alleged that parents of the survivors were picked up by the security forces from their house and then they were reportedly confined since the incident. (Two Teenage Marma Sisters Raped by Security Forces)

The Marma sisters were rushed to Rangamati General Hospital the next day by a relative. However, both survivors were unlawfully confined in the hospital under 24-hour surveillance. Around 8-10 police members including 2 female cops were seen guarding them all the time outside the female ward. They prevented human rights activists, journalists and civil society members and community leaders to meeting survivors. In initial stage, only Chakma queen Yan Yan and a volunteer managed permission to aid the survivors in the absence of their parents. Their movements were also frequently restricted by the on-duty law enforcers and security forces.

According to Yan Yan ‘There are severe restrictions on civilians to go in; no journalists are being allowed. When we go in, we cannot record anything or take photos. The authorities are scared that the sisters will say something to us and we will record it and make it public. On the other hand, the sisters have been questioned over and over again by their men. The OC himself came in, charged the girls and took their photos and videos—even though they are rape victims. Even yesterday (January 29), there was a man who said he was working for law enforcement who was trying to ask them questions, but the girls refused to talk. There are plainclothes men with smart phones in their pocket, with the camera facing our way—we are always under surveillance, the girls are under surveillance’. (The Daily Star, 2 February 2018).

A three-member medical team was formed to conduct medical tests of the survivors. The team was led by Dr. Hena Barua, senior consultant of the hospital. Other members were medical officer Dr. Utpal Borna Chakma and Dr. Saima Jahan. They conducted medical tests of two Marma sisters on 24 January and hospital authority submitted the report to the court.

Protest against rape incident

The incident caused tension and anger among indigenous peoples, civil society and human rights activists in the country. Human rights bodies expressed deep concern about two sisters and their safety. On 26 January, human rights bodies took out protest rallies both in Dhaka and Chittagong demanding judicial investigation and punishment of the perpetrators. In Dhaka, the protest was held in front of National Museum at Shahbagh. Kapaeeng Foundation, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Bangladesh Indigenous Women’s Network and Garo Student Union took part in the protest among other organizations.

Writ petition filed at High Court

While survivors’ parents were missing, police and security forces refused to release the survivors under the custody of Chakma queen Yan Yan even after medical tests were conducted. Civil Surgeon Dr. Shahid Talukder informed that medical tests were conclusive, so the survivors could be released. However, police denied to let them go outside hospital. Unable to get release from the hospital, the two Marma sisters were in confinement for 23 days in a row. Meanwhile six prominent rights activists including Sultana Kamal, Khushi Kabir and Shireen Huq filed a writ petition at High Court on 8 February to get  survivors release from hospital under their own custody since they were unwilling to return to their village due to lack of protection and social stigma. According to Chakma queen, later on security forces forced survivors’ parents to file another writ petition to a separate court on 12 February to take Marma sisters in their (parents’) custody. While hearing of first petition was in waiting, another High Court bench issued verdict of the second petition on 13 February in favor of survivors’ parents. However, in practice, court does not issue verdict of a second petition while first petition is still in waiting for hearing.

Chakma Queen under attack: Solidarity rally in Rangamati

Intimidated and traumatized, Marma sisters refused to leave hospital with their parents even after the verdict. According to Chakma Queen Yan Yan, on 15 February around 8:00 pm, security forces in plain clothes forcefully taken two Marma sisters out of hospital against their will and attacked on her and a volunteer. Both Yan and the volunteer were physically assaulted by plain clothed security force members. (Assault on Chakma Rani Yan Yan by Bangladesh Security Forces)

On 19 February, traditional leaders and common people organized a solidarity rally at Rajbari premises, Rangamati to protest the heinous attack on Chakma Queen. Thousands of people from all cultural and religious backgrounds participated in the solidarity rally. Participants and speakers of the rally demanded impartial investigation and exemplary punishment of the attackers as well as perpetrators of rape incident. They also demanded that the government identify the persons, who raped two Marma sisters, and ensure justice for the survivors. Addressing the protesters, Chakma Circle Chief Raja Devasish Roy said that the people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts want to be ruled by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, not by army. People want democracy and rule of law, he further added. (Protest rally against attack on Chakma Rani and Marma Sisters rape by Security Forces)

On the same day, a torch procession was brought out at Shahbag, Dhaka demanding justice for the survivors. They promised to continue the fight until rapists are punished. ‘The real character of security forces is manifested in a situation like this,’ said Umme Habiba Benzir, president of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Dhaka University chapter (New Age, 20 February 2018).   

পেতুয়া পুলিশের ব্যারিকেড ভেঁঙ্গেছে ধর্ষক বাঙলার সেনা জওয়ান বিরোধী ছাত্র-জনতার মশাল মিছিল!

Posted by Riyel Naitong Tripura on Monday, February 19, 2018

National Human Rights commission formed a three-member committee

Following the incident, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) formed a three-member committee led by Professor Banchita Chakma to investigate the rape incident. Other members of the committee are Md. Sharif Uddin, Additional Justice and Director (complaint and investigation) of NHRC, and Md. Gazi Salauddin, Deputy Director (complaint and investigation) of NHRC. The committee is given one week to submit the investigation report. Earlier NHRC also instructed Deputy Commissioner to submit a report on this incident by 26 February.

Confinement with Police Security Continues:

It is learnt that the two victim sisters and their parents were kept at the house of Abhilash Tanchangya, a leader of ruling Awami League, at Patharghata area in Rangamati town under tight police security. Nobody is allowed to meet them. On 19 February, Ms. Nipura Dewan, an ex-member of NHRC, was asked by police to take permission from Deputy Commissioner while she went to meet to two sisters and their parents. Finally, Ms. Dewan got permission but only for limited times and had to talk in presence of police forces.

As of now no police case has filled in this connection. Inter Services Press Relation (ISPR) is also denying the allegation of involvement of their force members with this incident.

Links:

  1. Two Marma sisters allegedly raped and sexually assaulted in Rangamati, Dhaka Tribune, 26 January 2018: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2018/01/26/marma-sisters-raped-sexually-assaulted-rangamati/
  2. Rape of Marma sisters, The Daily Star, 2 February 2018: http://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/human-rights/rape-marma-sisters-1528471
  3. Bangladesh: The NHRC fails the Marma sisters raped by military, The aPolitical, 5 February 2018: https://www.theapolitical.in/homenews/bangladesh-nhrc-fails-marma-sisters-raped-military
  4. Statement: APWLD calls on Bangladesh Government to end impunity for violations against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, 19 February 2018: http://apwld.org/statement-apwld-calls-on-bangladesh-government-to-end-impunity-for-violations-against-indigenous-women-in-the-chittagong-hill-tracts/
  5. Solidarity rally organized to protest attack on Chakma queen, Dhaka Tribune, 19 February 2018: http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2018/02/19/solidarity-rally-organized-to-protest-the-attack-on-chakma-queen/
  6. Conduct impartial prove into ‘attack’ on Chakma queen, The Daily Star, 20 February 2018: http://www.thedailystar.net/city/conduct-impartial-probe-attack-chakma-queen-1537285
  7. Protests held demanding justice for victims, NewAge, 20 February 2018: http://www.newagebd.net/article/35153/protests-held-demanding-justice-for-victims
  8. ‘Raped, Harassed’ Marma Girls: Traceless after leaving hospital, The Daily Star, 16 Feb 2018:http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/rangamati-rape-victims-handed-over-parents-1535377
  9. Marma sisters picked up from hospital, New Age, 16 February 2018: http://www.newagebd.net/article/34879/marma-sisters-picked-up-from-hospital
  10. Victim Marma sisters forcefully picked-up by forces, BIWN, 6 Feb 2018: https://www.facebook.com/notes/biwn-net/victim-marma-sisters-forcefully-picked-up-by-forces/984225168420981/
  11. Bangladesh: Assault on Chakma Rani Yan Yan: An Official statement from Chakma Raj Office: http://iphrdefenders.net/bangladesh-assault-on-chakma-rani-yan-yan-an-official-statement-from-chakma-raj-office/
  12. Settle rule on Marma sisters in 6 weeks: SC, http://www.thedailystar.net/country/settle-rule-rangamati-marma-sisters-rape-confinement-6-weeks-supreme-court-1538443?utm_source=dailystar_website&utm_campaign=newsalert&utm_medium=newsurl&utm_term=all&utm_content=all

 

Source: Kapaeeng Foundation

Human Rights organisation for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh

 

Protest rally against attack on Chakma Rani and Marma Sisters rape by Security Forces

Thousands of protesters joined protest rallies against barbaric attack on Chakma Rani Yan Yan (Assault on Chakma Rani Yan Yan by Bangladesh Security Forces) and rape of Marma sisters by security forces (Two Teenage Marma Sisters Raped by Security Forces)

Jumma civil society organisations have organized a solidarity rally in Rangamati on Monday, 19 February 2018 to protest attack on Chakma Queen Yan Yan and rape of Marma sisters by security forces.

Chakma Raja Devashish Roy, Chakma Rani Yan Yan, Chittagong Hill Tracts Citizens Committee President Goutam Dewan and Tuku Talukder, women rights leader spoke at the rally.

Bomang Circle representative Cho Hla Prue Jamie, top officials and workers of social organizations of the Chakma Circle and hundreds of protesters participated in the solidarity rally.

Speakers condemn the attack by the security forces on Rani Yan Yan, the speakers demanded the punishment of the perpetrators. They further demanded necessary legal steps against those who sexually assaulted the Marma sisters.

Protest rallies also held in Dhaka and Chittagong. Students of Dhaka University organized a torch march.

Raja Devasish Roy’s speech at Rangamati solidarity rally – 19 February 2018

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Press Statement by Rangamati Civil Society on Barbaric Attack on Chakma Rani Yan Yan and Volunteers

 Rangamati Civil Society – Press Conference

TRANSLATED FROM BENGALI PRESS STATEMENT: Deep Concern, Strong Condemnation & Protest by Rangamati Civil Society on The Barbaric Attack Perpetrated  on  Chakma Queen Yan Yan & Volunteers At Rangamati General Hospital

16 February 2018

A barbaric assault was perpetrated at Rangamati Sadar Hospital on 15 February 2018, at around 7 pm, upon highly revered Chakma Queen Yan Yan, consort of Chakma Chief, Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, and volunteers, who were attending to two Marma young women staying there, and who were respectively raped and sexually assaulted [about two weeks ago]. Rani Yan Yan and some volunteers were thereby injured. One of the woman volunteers was also sexually assaulted. Deep concern, strong condemnation and protest is being registered on behalf of Rangamati civil society at this barbaric attack by law and order and security forces’ personnel.

It may be mentioned that on last 22 January, two Marma young women of Orasori village, Farua Union, Bilaichari sub-district under Rangamati, were respectively raped, and attempted to be raped. It is alleged that these offences were committed by members of security forces. Later, on 23 January, the two victims admitted themselves to Rangamati General Hospital, with the assistance of fellow villagers. Since then, the aforesaid victims were interned inside a room within the hospital by police and other security forces personnel. Rani Yan Yan and volunteers had all along been providing mental support to the victims.

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Statement: APWLD calls on Bangladesh Government to end impunity for violations against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Chiang Mai, Thailand/Dhaka, Bangladesh

Statement: APWLD calls on Bangladesh Government to end impunity for violations against indigenous women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is deeply concerned about the recent incident of sexual violence against two indigenous Marma sisters, their unlawful confinement at the Rangamati General Hospital followed by their abduction by law enforcement officers as well as the assault on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) who were protecting them.

On 22 January 2018, the two Marma sisters aged 19 and 14 were reportedly raped and sexually assaulted at gunpoint by the members of the security forces at their home in Bilaichari in Rangamati district, Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). They were unlawfully confined by law enforcers at the Rangamati General Hospital and prevented from meeting with human rights activists or journalists. Several WHRD including APWLD Feminist Legal Theory and Practice (FLTP) graduate Chakma Rani Yan Yan were  volunteering at the hospital to  aid the two sisters.

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JPNUK condemns attack on Chakma Rani amidst raid on Rangamati Hospital

Rani Yan, advisor to the Chakma Circle and wife of Barrister Raja Devasish Roy was beaten while police and security officers in plains clothes entered the hospital in the evening of Thursday 15th February. She had to flee the hospital to save her life and somehow managed to reach her home. According to witnesses, the masked men and women had switched off the lights of the building before forcibly taking the girls away. According to the OC (officer in charge) of Rangamati, the sisters have been handed over to their parents according to a court order.

Jumma Peoples Network UK strongly condemns this unnecessary and brutal treatment meted out to Rani Yan and a women volunteer who were attending to the victims at the hospital. It firmly urges the Government of Bangladesh to investigate this outrageous act, provide an explanation and prosecute the attackers according to the law.

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Assault on Chakma Rani Yan Yan by Bangladesh Security Forces

Raja Devasish Roy and Rani Yan Yan

Chakma Circle Chief Raja Devasish Roy’s spouse Rani Yan Yan was assaulted on Thursday, 15 February 2018 around 7-8 pm while she was at the Rangamati General Hospital with two girls from her community, who were sexually violated on 22 January (Chittagong Hill Tracts: Suspicion of Rape and Sexual Assault Against Two Marma Sisters by Security Forces)

The following account is based on her own narrative and that of a woman volunteer who was also assaulted along with her.

Around 12 noon on 15 February, a large number of policemen in uniform and around 10 plains clothed men brought the victims’ parents to the ward where the victims have been unlawfully confined since 24 January. The police produced an order from the High Court and asked the parents to take their daughters away. Both of the victims refused to leave with their parents. The police repeatedly told the parents to grab them and take them away (‘dhore niye jaan’).

At one point, being so incited by the police, the father slapped one of the victims and at another point, the mother slapped another one of the victims. Rani and her volunteers intervened. Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Siddiqui ordered the women police to drag the victims out of the ward. Rani and the volunteers intervened stating that the court order, although providing custody to the parents, did not provide for the use of force to take them away against their wishes, and therefore, that the victims would have to be arrested in order to forcibly take them away from the hospital.

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Two Teenage Marma Sisters Raped by Security Forces

Picture courtesy of Dhaka Tribune

Two minor Jumma girls were attacked in their village home in Bilaichari, Rangamati Hill District. Local press reported that the sisters, aged 19 and 15 were allegedly raped by uniformed men in the night of January 22nd.

They told Rani Yan Yan, wife of Chakma Circle Chief Devasish Roy, that ‘a team of army men’ entered into their house looking for criminals and took their parents out after tying them up. ‘Then the army men raped the sisters who could recall that their rapists were wearing army uniform,’ Yan said to a reporter of ‘New Age’, quoting the traumatised victims.

Rangamati District Council chairman Brisha Ketu Chakma, who also visited the victims at the hospital, said that the victims were allegedly raped by army men. (more…)

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

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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…)