4th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

United Nations Headquarters, New York

16-27 May, 2005

 

Agenda Item 4(a): Human rights, with special emphasis on an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people

 

Statement by: Mrinal Kanti Tripura

 

on behalf of

Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), Bangladesh Adivasi Forum Kapaeeng and Land Is Life

 

 

Congratulations for your appointment as the chairperson of this session of PFII.

 

We would like to share with you all the deteriorating situation of human rights in Bangladesh, in order to demonstrate the gaps and shortcomings within national and international human rights monitoring mechanisms, processes and networks.

 

Our recommendations include the following:

 

 

 

 

Chairperson,

 

You are aware that in 1997, the CHT “Peace” Accord was signed. However, although all the indigenous guerrillas handed down their guns and returned to normal life, the Government has refused to carry out its major obligations under the Accord, including to dismantle all temporary military and para-military camps other than in six specified garrisons. Many severe human rights violations have been committed by the Army and Paramilitary, including the following:

 

 

 

 

 

The Executive Order “Operation Upliftment” is still in force in the CHT, virtually providing a quasi martial law system in practice in the CHT. The Mahalchari Arson has still not been investigated by an independent and impartial enquiry commission or other body. The National Ombudsman and the proposed National Human Rights Commission are still be appointed. Indigenous peoples are not in a position to provide a legal challenge to these activities, until and unless the aforesaid independent bodies are created. We seek the solidarity of all to monitor the human rights situation in Bangladesh.