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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, October 02, 2010

Give constitutional recognition to indigenous people

Courtesy: The Daily Star, Dhaka, National, Friday, October 1, 2010

Give constitutional recognition to indigenous people
Rakhines demand at rally

A Correspondent, Barisal

The speakers at a rally of Rakhine community have demanded constitutional recognition and rights of the indigenous people with separate socio-cultural-ethnic identity for their survival in different regions of Bangladesh.

They also demanded proper access to natural resources and government organisations, land rights, food security and medical facilities for the indigenous people.

The made the demands at a rally organised by the Rakhine community of Barisal region at Taltalii upazila town under Barguna district on Wednesday noon.

Rakhine people also formed a human chain in the area.

The indigenous communities played glorious role in the struggle for liberation and emergence of Bangladesh but in absence of constitutional recognition, indigenous communities are facing problem to preserve their traditional customs, culture and language, speakers said at the rally.

The indigenous people in different areas of the country are being victims of discrimination as they have to struggle amid dire poverty, bad communication, harassment and deprivation by greedy land grabbers and administration and lack of education, healthcare, housing and sanitation facilities, they said.

The indigenous people have little representation either in government, semi-government and local government organisations, they added.

They also criticised the conventional trend of showcasing indigenous culture in national programmes without giving constitutional recognition and rights to the indigenous people.

They emphasised immediate formation of a land commission to stop grabbing of ancestral lands of indigenous people and their harassment through filing of false cases by unscrupulous people.

Mong Tahan, Chumen Matubbar, Ang Shist, Myenthen Promila among the leaders of indigenous Rakhine community in Barguna and Patuakhali and human right activists addressed the rally.

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