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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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