Chittagong Hill Tracts: After 21 Years of the Accord, Two-Thirds of its Commitments Remain Unaddressed
Today, 29 November 2018, the representatives of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), published a Press Statement observing the completion of 21 years since the CHT accord was signed. Aimed at solving the crisis in the CHT through political and peaceful means, the implementation of the accord has been a slow-paced process, as only 25 sections out of 72 have been implemented and two-third sections including core issues of the Accord have still not been addressed. In particular, in spite of being a signatory party of the Accord, the Awami League undertook no effective initiative to implement its core issues since it rose to power in 2009. Moreover, it is of extreme concern the fact that while the Accord remains largely unimplemented, the government appears to be implementing programs that go against the Accord’s goals and the interests of the indigenous Jumma people.
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