There is no room to think that the deluge will stop if the government continues to ignore international calls for CHT Accord implementation.
Human rights violations of Indigenous peoples, especially land-grabbing, continued unabated
The government must punish perpetrators and ensure indigenous land rights
It is clear that an influential quarter in the region doesn’t care about the CHT Accord.
It has been 20 years since the Accord was penned between the Shanti Bahini and the government of Bangladesh, but still one hears a murmur of frustration in the Hills over the fact that not all the provisos of the Accord have been fully implemented.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord (CHT Accord), signed in 1997 with the promise to end armed conflict and grant a host of benefits to the indigenous Jumma people in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh, has rather increased tension in the last 20 years.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stresses changing the fate of marginal people for the country’s overall socio-economic development.
The government must set a definite road map for effective implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord and eliminate frustrations of the region’s people, speakers at a discussion said today.