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Many houses torched in Rangamati

Attack made after Jubo League leader killing; many indigenous families flee home; section 144 imposed

Bangalee settlers unleashed a series of arson attacks on the Chakma community in Rangamati’s Longadu yesterday over the death of a local Jubo League leader, police and victims said.

Indigenous people said over 200 homes and shops were vandalised and burned to ashes after they were looted, although an official of Longadu upazila put the figure at 110.

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Pulin Mitra Chakma, chairman of Longadu sadar union, said an elderly Chakma woman was hacked to death by the attackers. He identified the victim as Gunamala Chakma, 70,   of Tintila village. (more…)

Protesters torch Buddhist temples, homes in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists on Sunday after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.

Members of the Buddhist minority in the Cox’s Bazar area in the southeast of the country said unidentified people were bent on upsetting peaceful relations between Muslims and Buddhists.

Muslims took to the streets in the area late on Saturday to protest against what they said was a photograph posted on Facebook that insulted Islam.

The protesters said the picture had been posted by a Buddhist and they marched to Buddhist villages and set fire to temples and houses.

Police said they had deployed extra security forces and banned gatherings in Buddhist-dominated areas.

“We brought the situation under control before dawn and imposed restrictions on public gatherings,” said Salim Mohammad Jahangir, Cox’s Bazaar district police superintendent.

Many people in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh have been angered in recent days by a film made in California that mocks the Prophet Mohammad.

Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond have also been outraged by violence over the border in Myanmar where members of the majority Buddhist community clashed with minority Muslims this year.

Police had escorted the man accused of posting the insulting photograph and his mother to safety, Jahangir said.

Sohel Sarwar Kajal, the Muslim head of the council in the area where the arson took place, said he was trying to restore communal peace.

“We are doing everything possible to quell tension and restore peace between the communities,” he told reporters.

source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Protesters-torch-Buddhist-temples-homes-in-Bangladesh/articleshow/16611659.cms

Buddhist temples, homes burned, looted in Ramu

Sun, Sep 30th, 2012 4:26 am BdST

Cox’s Bazaar, Sept 30 (bdnews24.com)—A mob torched and vandalised a village of Buddhists in Cox’s Bazaar’s Ramu Upazila early on Sunday in one of the worst religious attacks in Bangladesh apparently triggered by a Facebook posting allegedly defaming the Quran. (more…)

Indigenous Jumma people in US demands UN intervention in Chittagong hill tracts, Bangladesh

Indian Confederation of Indigenous Tribal People condemns attack on tribals in Bangladesh

KOKRAJHAR: The Indian Confederation of Indigenous Tribal People (ICITP) has vehemently condemned the systematic attack on the indigenous Jumma tribes in Bangladesh’s Rangamati district and urged upon the Bangladesh government to diffuse the tension immediately.

ICITP (North East Zone) president Jebra Ram Mashahary said the recent violence in Bangladesh’s Rangamati district wounded over 30 people after clashes between illegal settlers and indigenous tribal people.

He said the conflict could be pre-planned and part of a conspiracy to make the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) unstable. (more…)

Communal attack in Rangamati leaving numerous Jumma men and women wounded, office and rest house of CHTRC vandalised and Jumma shops and houses damaged

Bengali settlers conducted communal attacks upon indigenous Jumma peoples in Rangamati on 22 September 2012. At least 40 Jumma students, 1 government physician, 12 Union Parishad chairmen, 2 college teachers and 5 Bengali students received wounds while severe damage was brought to the office and rest house of the CHT Regional Council, shops and houses of the Jumma people. Even though the army and police reached the spots much later, the security forces did not beef up proper measure. Despite the army took their positions at different locations along the main road (Rangamati-Chittagong road), the Bengali settlers conducted attacks upon the Jumma peoples and their localities either side causing wide damage upon Jumma-owned shops and houses. (more…)

Rangamati grenade attack injures 15

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RANGAMATI: At least 15 people were injured in a grenade attack in Kalyanpur Petrol Pump area of the district on Sunday afternoon.

Of the injured seven were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

The identity of the injured could not be known but all are students of Kaptai Polytechnic Institute, said president of Pahari Chhatra Parishad Ripesh Chakma.

Witness one Olay Chakma said, “The grenade was thrown from a CNG-driven auto rickshaw.” (more…)

Bomb attack on Indigenous Students in Rangamati

injured student at the hospital. photo: Kiron Chakma

More than 15 activists of Pahari Chatra Parishad (PCP), including a girl, were severely injured in a bloody bomb attack in Rangamati Hill Districts today (Sunday), at around 4 pm local time. (more…)

A minor indigenous Jumma girl allegedly killed after rape in Longadu in CHT, 10 May 2012

On 9 May 2012 a minor indigenous Jumma girl named Ms Sujata Chakma (11 years), daughter of late Mr. Jyotish Chandra Chakma and Ms. Mongala Devi Chakma of Ultachari mouza area of Atarakchara union under Longadu upazila in Rangamati hill district was allegedly killed after rape by a Bengali settler. The victim was a student of class 4 of Ultachari Government Primary School. The girl was brutally killed by chopping on the neck with sharp weapon. (more…)

Logang Massacre – two decades on- Justice !!!???

Massacres in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

Violence against indigenous Jumma women by Bengali settlers continues in CHT

Violence against indigenous Jumma women, such as, rape, killing and kidnapping etc. are being reported regularly in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). The biggest concern in rape and other violence against indigenous women in CHT is the lack of access to justice and absolute impunity that perpetrators enjoy. From January 2007 to February 2012, at least 51 incidents of violence against (more…)

An indigenous woman allegedly assaulted, raped and looted by Bengali settlers in Longadu

On 28 April 2012 at about 3:30 pm an indigenous woman named Ms. Alpana Chakma alias Kalabi (45) wife of Kaladhan Chakma of village- Jarulchara of Gulshakhali union under Longadu upazila in Rangamati district was allegedly assaulted, looted and raped by Bengali settlers. The victim was seriously wounded and admitted to Rabeta hospital in Longadu upazila with senseless condition. (more…)

Arson attack and physical assault on a Rakhaine family by Bengali land grabbers in Cox’s Bazar

On 5 March 2012 at around 2.00 am a group of Bengali land grabbers led by Shafiul Alam (35), Mahabub Alam (32) and Abu Taleb (28) (all are son of late Nur Ahammad) of Gorokghata Bazaar area of Moheskhali municipality set fire to the house of an indigenous Rakhaine family of Thakurtola Rakhaine Para of Choto Moheskhali under Moheskhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar district. (more…)

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena for CHT Peace Treaty implementation

US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena categorically said it is possible to solve the existing problems of the Chittagong Hill Tracts through implementing Hill Tracts Peace Treaty-1997.

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GHRD joined Bangladeshi diaspora, human rights and social-religious organisations in a demonstration at the UK Parliament in London on the 29th of February.

GHRD joined Bangladeshi diaspora, human rights and social-religious organisations in a demonstration at the UK Parliament in London on the 29th of February. The protest, calling for the protection of minorities in Bangladesh and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, was a response to the recent violence committed against Hindu communities in Hathazari, in Chittagong.

Members of Parliament heard and responded to the demands and received a written petition presented by the inter-religious groups.

Please click the link to watch the video http://youtu.be/WSGD0T6ty6w

Betar Bangla, UK based Bangla radio is going to broadcast live discussion on current CHT’s crisis and indigenous peoples issues of Bangladesh.

Betar Bangla, UK based Bangla radio is going to broadcast live discussion on current CHT’s crisis and indigenous peoples issues of Bangladesh.  

This live discussion will be aired tomorrow 8th of August 2011 at 3 O’clok GMT, 3pm London time, 8pm Bangladesh time. Locally (within London) can be listened at 1503 medium wave within 10 kilometers.

Jumma Peoples Network UK’s spokesperson Lal Amlai and its member Mong Shing Thwai will be participating in the discussion. Biplob Rahman, journalist, writer and expert on CHT will also be participating online from Bangladesh. The program will be conducted by Suja Mahmud, Journalist, Betar Bangla.

How to listen live: 

Please go to the website – www.Betarbangla.org.uk  then click listen live.

UN rejects Govt’s view

The general segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) session rejected the official position of Bangladesh government on the non-Bangalee people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), and adopted the report of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

The Bangladesh government, represented by Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, raised its concern over the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) going beyond its mandate in dealing with the issue of implementing the CHT Peace Accord, on the ground that there are no indigenous people in CHT. (more…)

Press Release by International Council for the Indigenous Peoples of CHT (ICIP-CHT) – “UN ECOSOC rejects Bangladesh Government’s challenge to UNPFII’s mandate to deal with CHT Accord”

UN ECOSOC rejects Bangladesh Government’s challenge to UNPFII’s mandate to deal with CHT Accord

The General Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), whose session started on 22nd July, ended yesterday (29th) in Geneva, Switzerland. ECOSOC is the parent body of several subsidiary bodies, including the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), and reports to the UN general Assembly. 

After intense negotiations over the past three days and even up to the last minute of the agenda, the ECOSOC rejected the GoB’s requests and adopted the UNPFII report. Bangladesh had expressed its concerns over the PFII going beyond its mandate in dealing with the issue of the implementation of the CHT Accord of 1997, on the ground that there were no indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Statements in explanation of its position were made by the GOB, as by others among the fifty-four members of ECOSOC. However, the GoB lacking solidarity from other ECOSOC member-states, accepted to ‘compromise.’ (more…)