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Office of Indigenous NGO Hill Flower

On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed. The settlers vandalized the office of an indigenous NGO Hill Flower.


ADB organize CHT Development seminar in Dhaka

On 4 April 2001, Asian Development Bank held a national seminar on "CHT Regional Development Plan" at the International Conference Centre of Prime Minister's office in Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and CHTRC Chairman Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma were present as Chief Guest and Special Guest in the inaugural session of the seminar. Mr. Kalpa Ranjan Chaknia, Minister of CHT Affairs presided over the seminar. In the seminar, PM said that the provisions of the Accord were successfully implemented.

On the contrary, the Chairman of CHTRC said that many things of the accord have been implemented but the major issues of the accord are yet to be implemented for which the hill people have been deeply affected. He gave examples saying that the department of forest has declared many areas as 'reserved forests' effectively infringing upon the customary rights of the indigenous hill people living in the areas. At the same the ministry of defense applied for the exclusive use of huge tracts of land for exercising and other military purpose violating the accord as well as the customary laws of the hill people. He also opined that proper implementation of the Accord is pre‑requisite for development.

In the CHT Regional Development Plan, the ADB proposed a package investment in various sectors such as agriculture, natural resources, forestry, industry, tourism, education, sports, culture, health, infrastructure, telecommunication and energy etc. Some participants dissented on tourism, infrastructure and privatization proposed by the ADB.


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Humanity Protection Forum

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