Mar 16, 2015

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Deadline for the Implementation of the Peace Accord Approaches

Leaders of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS) severely criticize the Bangladeshi government for failing to implement the CHT Peace Accord. A deadline to fight for the rights of the people of the CHT has been set, given that the government will not meet their obligations and keep their promises.

Below is an article published by Dhaka Tribune:


Jyotirindra Bodhipriya “Santu” Larma has said people of Chittagong Hill Tracts will begin a fight for full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord on May 1 (2015) unless the government takes effective initiatives to that end by April 30 (2015).

Speaking at the 16th annual council of Pahari Chhatra Parishad’s Bandarban unit yesterday (13 March 2015), he criticised the government for not showing any intent for implementing the peace accord and claimed that there was no progress in realising the treaty.

The president of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samity (PCJSS) slammed the government for issuing hollow and false statements to the domestic and international communities about successfully spending millions for establishing peace and carrying out development works in the hill tracts.

The PCJSS chief urged students to unite against all state aggression against the indigenous communities.

On March 11 (2015), at least 20 people – mostly PCJSS members – were injured in a series of clashes with the supporters of Jago Parbatyabashi – a newly formed platform – in Bandarban. The clashes took place during a hartal called by Jago Parbatyabashi, which coincided with Santu Larma’s visit to the town.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed on December 2, 1997, recognising the re-establishment of the rights of the indigenous people over the CHT region.

The annual council of Pahari Chhatra Parishad’s Bandarban unit was held in the town’s Farukpara Community Hall.