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Friday, December 24, 2010

Jumma Americans hail Obama's endorsement of UN Declaration on the Rights of IPs

CHT-American Jumma Peoples Association released its memo to US President Barak Obama today. We post it below for our readers.

December 22, 2010

The President of the United States of America
The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500

Subject: Endorsement of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Dear Hon. President,


We express our deep homage to your noble intention to endorse the UNDRIP from the end of the United States of America (USA). It is a guaranteed approach not only to protect the human rights of the Indigenous Peoples (American Indians and Native Alaskans), it will also facilitate to promote the status of these Indigenous peoples in all respect such as economy, health, education, socio-cultural activities etc..

We hope that this important step of upholding and upgrading Indigenous Peoples' rights at home will have powerful impact on the conditions of the Indigenous peoples all over the world who are passing their life in horrible situation with inhuman sufferings.

In this significant event, we have the privilege to point out the life of our fellow Indigenous peoples of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) region and other parts of Bangladesh who are struggling not only to improve their socio-economic conditions, but also to save their identity, culture and heritage from extinction. Even, the Government of Bangladesh is doing shilly-shally in implementing the CHT Peace Accord that was signed in 1997 by the same Leadership of the present Government.

Currently, these aboriginal peoples are engaged in civic movement for constitutional recognition as Indigenous peoples of Bangladesh along with other rightful demands.

We fervently hope and graciously urge your honor as a great leader of the great nation of the world to extend your noble intention to realize the legitimate demands and welfare of the Indigenous peoples of the world beyond your Peoples at home.

Best regards,

Maung Thowai Nu Ching, President
Debashis Chakma, General Secretary

Copy to:
1. Hon. Hillary R. Clinton, US Secretary of State
Department of State, 2202 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520
2. Hon. Robert O. Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State, South and Central Asian Affairs
Department of State, 2202 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520
3. Hon. James F. Moriarty, US Ambassador to Bangladesh
Madani Avenue, Baridhara, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
4. Hon. Stefan Frowein, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh
House 7, Road 84, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
5. Ms. Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
United Nations, 2 UN Plaza, Room DC2-1454, New York, NY 10017

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