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Kapaeeng Foundation and Oxfam launched Human Rights Report 2012 on Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh

January 22nd, 2013 by Posted in Women's leadership
Launching program of Human Rights Report 2012  on Indigenous People in Bangladesh

Launching program of Human Rights Report 2012 on Indigenous People in Bangladesh

Kapaeeng Foundation in association with Oxfam launched the ‘Human Rights Report 2012 on Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh’ on 21 January 2013, which is based on incidents of 2012 and on the overall human rights situation of the Indigenous peoples.

The 183-page report says, human rights violations against indigenous communities, including reported cases of violence, land grabbing and dispossession, intensified alarmingly last year.

In addition to nine communal attacks perpetrated on indigenous communities, the report highlights the murder of 16 people, torture on another 150 and demolition of 300 houses.

A total of 17 indigenous women and children, out of 75 who were subjected to violence, were raped.

Land disputes remain the central issue driving much of the violence, communal attacks and conflicts in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and plains.

It recommends, among others, the full implementation of the 1997 CHT peace accord, a stop to displacement of indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands and constitutional recognition to adivasis.

Presided over by Rabindranath Soren, chairperson of the Kapaeeng Foundation, the program was attended by Prof. Dr. Mizanur Rahman, chairman of National Human Rights Commission, as the chief guest while Hameeda Hossain prominent human rights activist, Sanjeeb Drong, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, Nirupa Dewan, member of NHRC and Gareth Price-Jones, Country Director, Oxfam were also present as the special guests.

Addressing the launching, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman said the state must be “put to the dock” for the human rights violations against its citizens.

Hameeda Hossain underlined the need to follow-up on cases where justice was delayed or denied in order to figure out the constraints to accessing justice.

Sanjeeb Drong, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, urged the government to acknowledge the report and not dismiss it as a conspiracy.

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