Chittagong Hill Tracts: Petition To Protect Indigenous Rights
Several human rights organizations launched a petition calling for demilitarization of the region, fair settlements of land disputes, and constitutional recognition to the Jumma peoples.
Below is an article published by Avaaz.org:
Like indigenous communities worldwide, the “Jumma” peoples in Bangladesh are being targeted and evicted from their ancestral lands by the Government, settlers, and the army.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed in 1997 to promote peace and to protect its indigenous population.
Today, almost 15 years later, it remains unfulfilled and the persecution of indigenous peoples has continued. We note with concern how violence, including rape and physical attacks against the indigenous Jumma has been escalating this year.
We are disturbed that this Government has taken regressive steps that work against the essence of the Accord, including the refusal of giving constitutional recognition to indigenous groups.
With the elections coming up in Bangladesh there is a great fear that the peace accord will remain unimplemented and that the situation will only worsen in the future, threatening the peace and existence of the indigenous peoples in Bangladesh!
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Take action today and join Global Human Rights Defence (The Netherlands), Kapaeeng Foundation (Bangladesh) and Jumma Peoples Network (UK) in our shared efforts to protect the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh.