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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).

Sunday, September 16, 2012


New Age, Dhaka
Saturday, September 15, 2012

French NGO reports to UN HRC
Staff Correspondent

Danielle Mitterrand a non-governmental French organisation submitted a statement to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council about the human rights violations against the Jumma indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. 

The secretary-general of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council received the written statement on September 05.
In the statement they drew attention to the deteriorating human rights situation of the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
They also urged for an implementation of the 1997 CHT accord before its 15th anniversary on December 02, 2012. 

The statement said the human rights situation had worsened since the signing of the accord and a total of 3,970 incidents of human rights violations were perpetrated against Jumma people that includes arbitrary arrests and detentions, killings, tortures, sexual violence, arsons and land-grabbing. 

Between 1999 to 2011 a total of 13 major communal attacks were carried out against indigenous peoples while 1,253 houses were burnt, 960 houses were ransacked and looted, 9 indigenous persons were killed, 2 indigenous persons went missing, 376 were seriously injured and 16 indigenous women were brutally raped.

The attacks were carried out by migrant settlers in the main evidently backed by a section of the security forces, they alleged.

Recently, the sexual violence against women including children in the CHT has increased. Between February to July, 2012, a total 11 Jumma women and a child were raped and a child was killed after being raped by migrant settlers. All except one case, the violators had gone unpunished.

The organisation provided a number of recommendations to the UN HRC which include the need to implement the 1997 CHT Accord by declaring a roadmap, to facilitate the settlement of land disputes by the Land Commission, demilitarising the region by a) withdrawing all temporary military camps, b) transferring authority and power to the civil administration, to provide constitutional safeguards by recognising the Jummas as indigenous peoples in the Constitution, to respect individual and collective rights, culture and tradition of the indigenous people.

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