Jul 14, 2011

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Leaders Call For Rights To Be Upheld

Rabindranath Soren, Chairperson of human rights group the Kapaeeng Foundation in Bangladesh, has called for the indigenous rights of Bangladeshi communities to be upheld at the  4th Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a sub-group of the UNHRC in Geneva.

Mr. Soren, accompanied by the Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs of PCJSS Advocate, Bidhayak Chakma, made the statement on Monday’s [12 July 2011] sitting of the EMRIP, emphasising the current situation concerning the education of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh.

The statement urged the EMRIP and Human Rights Council to support the Bangladeshi government to deliver on its commitments to indigenous peoples, establishing nationwide policies that provided socio-cultural security and the growth of a culturally heterogenic political consensus.

Focusing upon the need to introduce bi-lingual, culturally sensitive and heterogenic education system for localised indigenous communities and the full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord of 1997, Mr. Soren called upon Bagladesh to honour its commitments made through the ratification of international human rights conventions.

Click here to view Mr. Soren’s full statement


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