Indigenous communities yesterday observed the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at different parts of the country, demanding recognition as per the constitution and right to land.
Members of the communities brought out processions in different districts amid law enforcers’ resistant stance against crowds.
In Khagrachhari, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum brought out a procession marking the day.
Starting from the Government Women’s College, the rally headed towards the town’s Shapla Chattar but faced a barricade of police at the Gate of Yongda Buddhist Biha Temple.
People who took part in the procession then stopped at the temple’s gate and condemned the action of police.
Speakers of the procession also demanded constitutional recognition for their community from the procession.
In Bandarban, members of indigenous communities brought out another rally demanding execution of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.
Speaker at the rally alleged that they were deprived of fundamental rights such as land, culture, education and language.
They also urged the government to take stern action against jhum land grabbers.
People of Marma, Chakma, Tripura, Tongchyanga, Khyang, Bawm, Mro, Lusai, Khumi and Chak communities also observed the day with different activities in Bandarban town.
In Gaibandha, the members of Santal and other indigenous communities brought out a procession marking the day and blocked Gobindaganj-Dinajpur highway at Cross Road Point to press home their demand.
They demanded a fresh charge-sheet on murder of three Santal men.
Meanwhile, people of different indigenous communities brought out a rally in Mymensingh marking the day.
In Rangamati, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum organised a programme on the district municipality premises on Thursday.
The United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
The theme for the year 2019 was “Indigenous Languages”.