Three people including a member of CHT (Chittagong Hill Tracts) commission were injured on 5 July as its vehicle came under an attack by Bangalee settlers, who have been protesting the visit of the commission members in Rangamati today.
Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Monu Sohel Imtiaz, officer-in-charge of Rangamati Kotwali Police Station, and Ilira Dewan, a researcher of CHT Commission, were injured when the protesters threw brick chips on their vehicles.
On February 18 the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) condemned the killing of an indigenous woman in Kagrachari on February 15. The commission called upon the Government to ensure justice by providing exemplary punishment to the perpetrators. The Commission further stressed the point that the Government should undertake immediate and effective measures to stop the continued violation of basic rights of indigenous people, including right to life, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
We expect that the report will be a lobby instrument for IWGIA’s indigenous partners in their advocacy work for implementation of the Cittagong Hill Tracts Accord. Already the report has been presented to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and various UN agencies during the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held in May 2012.