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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).

Monday, August 06, 2012

Chittgong Hill Tracts: Dhaka Disregards Indigenous Day

UNPO 

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Dhaka Disregards Indigenous Day
Source: http://www.unpo.org/article/14659

The government of Bangladesh has urged local authorities to ignore marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in a move leading many to suspect its real commitment to the CHT Peace Accords.

Below is an article published by The Daily Star:

The government has been asking Adivasis in the country not to observe the International Indigenous Day, raising questions about its will to implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord.

A letter issued by the Local Government and Rural Development ministry on March 11 [2012] directed all district administrations not to cooperate in celebrations of the indigenous day and disseminated a message to the effect that there were no indigenous people in the country.

The world's indigenous communities and rights activists have been observing the day on August 9 every year since 1994 following a decision of the United Nations general assembly.

"Through the order, the government shows its attitude towards the indigenous communities," said Sanjeeb Drong, secretary general of Bangladesh Forum for Indigenous People.

The government cannot stop Adivasis from celebrating the day, he said, demanding that the day be observed at the state level.

Going against its electoral pledge, the present government in 2010 passed a law in which it termed the indigenous communities as "minor races" and "ethnic sects". The Adivasis protested against the move but could not change the government's position on the matter.

However, some efforts have been made recently toward implementing the peace accord signed in 1997. The CHT land commission law has been amended to resolve the land related disputes in the hilly region and arrangements have been made to handover 12 government institutions in three hill districts to the CHT Regional Council.

The previous Awami League-led government signed the accord with the Parbatya Chattagram Janasanghati Samity, a regional political party of indigenous people, ending 22-year long period of unrest in the region.

The government issued the letter on the basis of an intelligence report, the letter mentioned, saying the concept of the indigenous day clashed with government policy.

Earlier, the government issued letters forbidding the use of the term "indigenous". Besides, government high-ups have delivered speeches in the UN forum, claiming that there were no indigenous people in Bangladesh.

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