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CHTRC delegation calls on Law and Land advisor A F M Hassan Arif

A delegation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council (CHTRC), an apex body of the special administration arrangement of CHT region, called on Mr. A F M Hassan Arif, Advisor for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Ministry and Land Ministry on 5 May 2008 at his office of the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka. The delegation of CHTRC was led by Mr. Goutam Kumar Chakma, councillor of the CHTRC. Other members of the delegation were members of the CHTRC Mr. Nurul Alam and Mr. K S Mong and chief executive officer of the CHTRC Mr. Sukriti Ranjan Chakma.

It is learnt that the issues of amendment of the CHT Land (Dispute Settlement) Commission Act of 2001 as per CHT Accord, alteration of the local government acts to insert a provision relating CHT affairs, approval of the Rules of Business of the CHTRC, allocation of adequate fund for the CHTRC and the three Hill District Councils (HDCs), repeal of the Hill Districts (Laws Repeal and Enforcement and Special Provisions) Act of 1989, District Act of 1936 and Bhumi Khatiyan (Parbatya Chattagram) Odhyadesh, 1984 etc. were discussed in the meeting. But no concrete decision has been taken in this regard. However, Mr. A F M Hassan Arif said that he would take necessary measures for consideration of these issues. High officials were also present during the meeting.

Aungkyew Mong
Kapaeeng Watch
(A human rights group for indigenous peoples)
Jagannath Hall, Dhaka University
Dhaka, Bangladesh
E-mail: kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@micico.ch

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