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Failure to address land disputes impedes peace in the CHT

Amnesty International and IWGIA yesterday made a joint statement to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues regarding the situation for the indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

In it they complimented the Special Rapporteur on his study on the status of implementation of the CHT Accord of 1997. "The study provides a useful overview of the extent to which the provisions of the Accord have been implemented and presents the main challenges related to the implementation of the Accord", they said. "The study confirms the content of numerous reports on the situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts namely, that progress in implementing the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord is painfully slow and that the slow progress is exacerbating the distressing human rights situation facing the indigenous peoples in the region" "In particular, one of the biggest impediments to peace in the area remains the failure to address the land disputes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts."

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IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

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