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Saturday, August 03, 2013

JSS observes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples in 4 CHT valleys on 9th instant

JSS poster released today to mark the International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples 2013

The JSS observes International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2013 in four CHT north valleys of four principal rivers- Kassalong, Maini, Chengi and Feni on 9th instant. Last year we had observed this day at Matiranga, Khagarachari, Dighinala and Baghaichari despite opposition from the police. []

The programme will be the first major public event of Mr. Sudhasindhu Khisa, the newly elected JSS president. Jumma people are showing great interest to this day. The JSS is observing the day with a call for joint movement for achieving rights of the indigenous peoples including the constitutional recognition. Below is the JSS statement released today.

The JSS, through this statement, gave a call to the Bangladesh government, UN member states, UN specialised agencies, civic bodies and human rights organisations, citizens of Bangladesh and the people of the world for the protection and promotion of human rights and the rights of the indigenous peoples. It also gave a call to individuals and organisations of progressive, democratic and secular forces of Bangladesh to help stop ongoing CHT fraticidal political conflict for the interest of greater unity and solidarity. 

This is important to mention here that some progressive, secular, democratic and friendly organisations including individuals have been maintaining their strong association with a particular CHT regional party and have not shown any interest in arresting the conflicts. As friendly parties/organisations and individuals they could have played important roles in defusing the bloodshed. Unfortunately, their role has indirectly been helping the bleeding in the CHT. 

We may remember that for taking advantage of terrains and jungle of the CHT, Siraj Sikdar, supremo of the militant Purba Banglar Sharbohara Party (Proletarian Party of East Bengal) fought against the JSS in 1973-75 by misguiding a group of Tanchangya people and waged classical class struggle in CHT. Ultimately it failed. Badruddin Umar, eminent writer, left politician and theoretician was the lone person from among the progressive forces to take strong position against the CHT Accord of 1997. Now 1973-75 scenario created by Sharbahara party repeats in the first decade of the 21st century in a different strategy. We would believe, our true friends would really play a friendly positive role by avoiding their siding with a particular "leader" and help stop bleeding in the CHT. This role could be the best support to the Jumma people.


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