Chittagong Hill Tracts: Dozens Injured in the Settlers Attack
Four Marma girls including Thoai Prajai Marma, 16 years and Abeng Kroi Marmam 20 years have also been raped. One Buddhist monk Reverend Sumonalankar Bhikkhu of Bouddha Shishu Mono Ghar at Kutting Tila has been missing.
The Bangladesh security forces have surrounded the villages and stopped the entry of visitors to the affected areas.
The tribal villagers were attacked after they protested against planting of jackfruit samplings by the illegal settlers inside the premises of the Buddhist temple in an attempt to take over the lands of the indigenous Jumma peoples yesterday i.e. 2 April 2006. The illegal plain settlers went back yesterday and returned today to systematically attack the tribal villages with the assistance of the security forces.
Asian Centre for Human Rights condemned the attack on the innocent villagers and termed the incident as another incident of gross human rights violations with impunity.
“This continuing violations of the rights of indigenous Jumma people is an issue which requires immediate interventions of the United Nations, European Union and other key actors of the international community” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.
Background: The Chittagong Hill Tracts is
the homeland of indigenous tribal communities. In 1980s, the government sponsored
the transfer of over half a million settlers to make the indigenous peoples
minority in their own land. About 70,000 tribal refugees sought shelter in India
from 1986 to1989. Majority of the refugees were sent back following the signing
of the CHTs Accord between the Bangladesh government and the Jana Samhati Samiti
on 2 December 1997. The indigenous communities continue to face systematic attack
as the Accord has been left in tatters.