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PCJSS/JSS key persons:
Sudha Sindhu Khisa, President/ Rupayan Dewan, Vice President,/Tatindra Lal Chakma, General Secretary/. Responsibility shouldered on 11 July 2013.

Background: The present central committee was elected on 11 July 2013, on the 2nd day of the 3-day long 10th PCJSS national conference. The earlier committee (convening committee) was formed on 10th April 2010 when Mr. Santu Larma convened the 9th national conference (29-31 March 2010) in sheer violation of the party constitution and excluded a few hundred veteran leaders and members and also "formally" expelled 7 top veteran leaders (Chandra Sekhar Chakma, Sudhasindhu Khisa, Rupayan Dewan, Tatindra Lal Chakma, Eng. Mrinal Kanti Tripura, Advocate Shaktiman Chakma and Binoy Krishna Khisa) and also declared their capital punishment. The present leadership is determined to democratise the JSS under a collective leadership.

"The world suffers a lot not because of the violence of the bad people, But because of the silence of the good people." Napoleon (1769-1821).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

14th anniv of Kalpana’s abduction today

12 June 2010, Dhaka.

Staff Corresponden

A number of socio-cultural and human right organisations have chalked up elaborate programmes for today to mark the 14th anniversary of abduction of Kalpana Chakma, former organising secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation.
The federation will form a human chain and stage demonstration in Dhaka on Saturday to ask the government to publish a full report on Kalpana’s abduction, and to press the authorities to stop all types of human rights abuse, allegedly by army personnel, in Chittagong Hill Tracts, home to 12 ethnic minority groups.
According to the federation and family members of Kalpana Chakma, soldiers had picked her up from her home in Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati on the night of June 12, 2006. She never came back.
The then Awami League-government, which later signed a treaty with the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti to end decades of conflict in the hills, turned a blind eye to her abduction during its tenure between 1996 and 2001.
In the face of protest by the ethnic minority people and rights activists, the government formed a committee to investigate the incident.
The committee submitted a report, but the government never made it public.
The Hill Women’s Federation in a statement asked the government to publish the report, prosecute the kidnappers, remove all temporary army camps from the CHT and fully implement the treaty signed in 1997.
On the occasion, members of the organisation will stage a demonstration at Shahbagh at about 10:00am today.
Various socio-cultural organisations have extended their support to the programme.
Rights activists said Kalpana’s abduction was a glaring example of the state’s failure to ensure security of its citizens.

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