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Indigenous victim of Baghaihat attack

On 19-20 February 2010, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari leaving an indigenous man dead. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. The indigenous Buddhist man gunned down by the Bangladesh army.


PCJSS appeal the donor nations to bring the CHT issues during the Donors Meeting to be held in Washington

On 23 and 24 February 2005 the donor community is going to organize a highest level meeting in Washington to rethink about their aid strategy to combat the alarming situation in Bangladesh. The series of bomb blasts, extra-judicial executions, emerging fundamentalist militancy, deterioration of good governance, human rights violations have forced the donor community to undertake such a stern move. The Daily Star, a prestigious national daily of Bangladesh writes in its 18th February issue under the caption "Washington Meet, Donors rethink aid strategy for rise in militancy".

"For the first time in Bangladesh's history, donors are sitting in Washington in a high profile meet to take some serious decisions on their aid strategy against the backdrop of their heightening concerns about deteriorating governance, rising lawlessness and the fear that fundamentalist militancy gaining grounds because of the government's inertia.

According to highly placed diplomatic sources, a large group of European donors, an influential European country having substantial aid involvement in Bangladesh and some Scandinavian countries want to persuade the multilateral donors and the US to take a tough line on aid and link it with greater response to good governance and human rights and restraining militants, all issues of serious international concerns."

The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region has been under continuous military rule since the birth of Bangladesh in 1972. It is, still, under a kind of military rule through so called Operation Uttoron. Even after signing the CHT Accord in 1997 there are about 500 military camps of various sizes in the CHT. The deliberate violation of the the CHT Accord, continuous infiltration of the Muslim settlers and drastic expansion of Muslim settlements have made the indigenous people’s survival unviable. Regular military atrocity against the indigenous people is a common phenomena. The Bangladesh army is always found to be protector and in favour of Muslim settlers.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
E-mail: pcjss.org@gmail.com, pcjss@hotmail.com
Website: pcjss-cht.org

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