Courtesy: The Daily Star, Dhaka, National, www.thedailystar.net
Friday, July 23, 2010
Reception to Debashis Roy
'Recognise rights of hill people, implement deal'
Chakma Circle chief Raja Debashish Roy receives a gift from PCJSS chief Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma (popularly known as Santu Larma), also chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, at a reception in Rangamati town yesterday.Photo: STAR
Our Correspondent, Rangamati
Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, CHT unit, yesterday accorded a warm reception to chief of Chakma Circle Barrister Raja Debashis Roy as he was recently elected a member of the United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum for Indigenous Affairs in Asia.
Held at local Shilpakala Academy auditorium, chairman of CHT Regional Council and president of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum (BAF) Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma addressed the function as chief guest.
Representative from Bomang Circle Cha Hlah Prue Zimi also addressed as special guest.
Santu Larma said all the previous governments had no political goodwill for full implementation of CHT peace accord. The current government is also acting like its predecessors, he said.
Criticising the role of security people in CHT, Larma said the indigenous people in hills are passing their days under severe insecurity.
Blaming the government, the former guerrilla chief said not a single clause of the peace deal has been implemented in the last 19-months by the present government.
About the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC), Larma said the chairman of the commission is doing everything at his own will.
He demanded immediate postponement of such commission's activity in CHT.
Santu also criticized the state minister for CHT affairs for 'not playing due role' for implementation of the peace deal.
Larma said Raja Debashis had played an important role for signing the peace deal and now he can play a stronger role in the UN arena in establishing rights of indigenous people. He greeted Debashis for his outstanding achievement.
Raja Debashis Roy in his speech said he will try his level best to carry out his job.
It may be alright to say that indigenous people still have no constitutional recognition. But nobody can say that they have no state recognition, Debashsis said.
The rights of the ethnic people will not be established until they get constitutional recognition, he added.