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Asia IP Caucus Statement at 10th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues May 16 -22, 2011

To download: ASIA Caucus re CHTs Report Asia IP Caucus Statement. Delivered by Rukka Sombolinggi Madame Chair, Asia Indigenous Peoples Caucus would like to call for international solidarity to our brothers and sisters in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and to express our serious concerns for the appalling situation in that region. Since the Chittagong Hill […]

ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Population and the Laws of Bangladesh – a Comaparative Review by Raja Devashish Roy

FOCUS OF REPORT   This report compares the laws of Bangladesh concerning its indigenous (or “tribal”) peoples with provisions of the ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Populations, 1957 (Convention No. 107), and where relevant, with the provisions of the related ILO Recommendation No. 104, the ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples, 1989 (Convention […]

Raja Devashish Roy – member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, appointed by the President of ECOSOC

28 April 2010 Following elections at the Economic and Social Council and the appointment by the President of ECOSOC, the following individuals have been selected as members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the term 2011-2013, starting 1 January 2011…

Bangladesh does not have any indigenous population: Dipu Moni

11 April 2010 Courtesy BSS Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni today clarified the government position on ethnic minority groups in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and elsewhere of the country saying  Bangladesh does not have any “indigenous population” as meant in the UN jargon.

Respect indigenous rights – Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed (Rhodes Scholar and a Daily Star columnist).

09 March 2010 IN Bangladesh, a nation with limited land and unlimited population, land grabbing by the mighty has assumed alarming proportions. Every village has stories of the powerful enlisting the assistance of goons to grab lands from the poor and the hapless — lands that the poor had owned for generations. Laws in Bangladesh […]

Bangladesh: Indigenous Peoples Massacred For Land Grab – Asian Centre for Human Rights’ report

24 February 2010 Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) [ACHR has Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC] ACHR’s report: Bangladesh- IPs Massacred For Land Grab On 19 – 20 February 2010, the Bangladesh army personnel and illegal Bengali settlers under the overall command of Lt Col. Wasim, Commander of the Baghihat zone Army Camp, […]

Controversial (secret) letter recently issued by MoCHTA‏ – protest letter to Prime Minister by PCJSS

16 February 2010 Very recently a letter titled “conspiracy to call ‘tribal’ communities as ‘adivasi’” and “Attempt to brand hill terror activities as extremism of Muslim settlers” was sent to different government authorities including three hill districts by the Ministry of CHT Affairs (MoCHTA). The content of this letter was fully politically motivated, fabricated & […]

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) – Letter of Concern on the Attacks on Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is alarmed and expresses its concern and condemnation on the successive attacks to key indigenous leaders and human rights defenders in Bangladesh. Following the attack to Mr. Sanjeeb Drong last 22 January comes the attack of another two prominent indigenous leaders of Bangladesh, Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma and Raja […]

Presss Statements – CHT Commission condemns attack on Santu Larma and Raja Devasish Roy and CHT Commission condemns attack on Sanjeeb Drong

29 January 2010 The CHT Commission is deeply concerned to learn of an attack by armed assailants on 27 January, 2010 on Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma, Chairman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council and the Chakma Circle Chief Barrister Raja Devasish Roy. It is understood that Mr Larma and Raja Devasish […]

Bangladesh: Rape and repression continue, despite promises of peace – report by Survival International

Please sign petition One year since the Bangladesh government promised finally to halt the persecution of the country’s indigenous people, reports are emerging of new abuses. Decades of conflict between the indigenous people, known as Jummas, and Bengali settlers and armed forces, were supposed to have come to an end with the signing of a […]

Protest against Brutal Attack on Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum’s general secretary Sanjeeb Drong – URGENT ACTION DEMANDED

INTRODUCTION: On 22 January 2010 a human right defender, a free-lance journalist, columnist and general secretary of the Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF) along his wife Ms. Mitali Chisim were attacked yesterday by a group of miscreants while coming back Birisiri by a motor bike after attending a meeting at Ranikhnong Catholic mission area under Netrokona district on […]

General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum and eminent indigenous writer Mr. Sanjeeb Drong was attacked – PCJSS condemns attack on Sanjeeb Drong

23 January 2010 General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum and eminent indigenous writer Mr. Sanjeeb Drong was attacked by a group of miscreants at Ranikhong area while he along with wife Ms. Mitali Chichim were returning Birishiri area from Ranokhong Boheratali Christian Mission under Susong Gurgapur upazula (sub-district) in Netrokona district by motor-cycle. The […]

National Roundtable on ILO Convention 169 and Indigenous Peoples and the Bangladesh Parliament held in Dhaka‏

22 Dec 2009 On 20 December 2009 a national roundtable on ‘ILO Convention 169’ and ‘Indigenous Peoples and the Bangladesh Parliament’ was organized by ILO and RDC at Spectra Conventional Centre, Gulshan, Dhaka. The objective of the roundtable was to create awareness on ILO C169 and advocate Parliamentary role on Indigenous Peoples issues. The first […]

South Asia Sub-regional Training Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights held in Bangladesh

Belated news- On 11-13 November 2009 ‘South Asia Sub-regional Training Seminar on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Promotion and Implementation of ILO Convention 169 and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ at the BCDM (BRAC Centre for Development and Management) of Rajendrapur in Gazipur, Bangladesh. The event was jointly organised by Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact […]

Regional Consultation on ILO Conventions and IPs Issues held in Bandarban

Belated news- On 7 November 2009 Regional Consultation on ILO Conventions No.107 and 169 and Indigenous Peoples Issues in Bangladesh was held Bandarban Hill District Council Auditorium in Bandarban district. The regional consultation was jointly organised by Kapaeeng Foundation and International Labour Organisation (ILO). Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, Chairman of CHT Regional Council was present […]

Human rights groups urge Land Commission to cancel CHT land survey decision

Belated news On 7 October 2009 at a press conference held at Reporters’ Unity auditorium in Dhaka, human rights groups urged the Land Commission to scrap its decision to conduct a land survey in CHT before resolving the land disputes. They made the demand following the announcement of the CHT Land Commission on September 8 […]

The CHT and climate refugees

My attention has been drawn to a letter published in Quick Comments under the above heading. My organisation and I strongly oppose the writer’s proposal to rehabilitate the climate refugees in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where population density is quite high when the matter is considered in the context of the arable land and population […]

Amnesty International’s reports on CHT

29 Feb 2004 Amnesty International- Call for Justice- Mahalchari – CHT More than six years after the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, the tribal inhabitants of the area continue to live in fear of attacks from Bengali settlers often carried out with the apparent connivance of army personnel. This paper highlights one […]