Courtest: New Age, Dhaka, National, Aug 27, 2010
Harmony between mainstream and ethnic minority sought
Speakers at a book launching ceremony On Wednesday said permanent peace would be established in the Chittagong Hill Tracts if the mainstream people and ethnic minority groups work together.
The speakers, who included government officials, educationists and NGO activists, also said the government should end the controversy over our nationality through the amendment of the constitution.
They were speaking at the launching of ‘Between ashes and hope: Chittagong Hill Tracts in the blind spot of Bangladesh Nationalism’, edited by Naeem Mohaiemen.
Manusher Jonno Foundation and Drishtipat Writers’ Collective jointly organised the function at WVA auditorium in the city.
National Human Rights Commission member Nirupa Dewan said the CHT peace treaty in 1997 is under various complexities including conflicts over land ownership which should be resolved.
She also said the NHRC has plans to work for the ethnic people of CHT and help them solve their problems.
Chakma circle chief Devasish Roy said the government’s recent initiative to amend the constitution will help the ethnic minority groups to find their position in the mainstream nationality.
Chairing the function, MJF’s executive director Shaheen Anam said the movement for the rights of ethnic minority groups should not be an ‘event-based movement’ sparked temporarily.