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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 02, 2012

Indigenous People's Rights, Law demanded for protection

The Daily Star
Dhaka, Metropolitan, 2nd page
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Indigenous People's Rights

Law demanded for protection

Adivasi leaders and rights groups in a views exchange meeting in Rajshahi city yesterday urged the government to pass the proposed "Bangladesh Indigenous People's Rights Act" so that their rights can be well protected.

The parliamentary caucus on indigenous peoples' affairs has prepared the draft law and organised the meeting with supports from Oxfam, Research and Development Collective (RDC), and Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP) to draw recommendations from grassroots level to make the law effective.

The speakers proposed constituting a national commission and a separate ministry to protect indigenous people's rights to their ancestral land as a way of ensuring their social-economic and cultural well-being.

Eminent litterateur Hasan Azizul Haque attended the programme as chief guest while lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha, a member of the caucus, presided over the meeting at Rajshahi Chamber's of Commerce and Industries.

RDC General Secretary Prof Mesbah Kamal and JAP President Robindranath Soren attended as special guests. Indigenous leaders Anil Marandi, Noresh Orao, Romanath Mahato, Zakaria Mardi also spoke on the occasion.

They demanded inclusion of names of all tribes and ethnic groups and the issue of adivasi women's empowerment in the law to protect their rights. They also reiterated their demand for primary education in their mother tongues.

The speakers said the law would lay down the legal framework for eliminating indigenous people's poverty in order to mitigate their plight.

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