(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
“I think it is natural to expect the caged bird to be angry at those who imprisoned her. But if she understands that she has been imprisoned and that the cage is not her rightful place, then she has every right to claim the freedom of the skies!"
“I was asked to dip into the water near the well. As soon as I did so, someone shouted ‘shoot him. Sensing imminent death I somehow untied my hands, then removed blindfold around my eyes, and started running in the waist deep water. I could hear one gunshot behind me but I kept running.”
"On hearing the gunshot and the shouting few yards away I untied my hands, removed the fold around my eyes and jumped into the water, they shot at me once and as I ran I could hear Kalpana cry out Dada, Dada, mahre baja (brother, brother, rescue me)."
|Hill people bring out a procession in Khagrachhari town yesterday demanding cancellation of the hearing process of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission and withdrawal of the commission's Chairman Justice (retd) Khademul Islam Chowdhury.Photo: STAR|
|Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Indigenous Tribal Nations proves how the smiling indigenous poster was displayed as "before"|
It should be clear to everyone by now that the only option the Jumma have left is to re-arm and continue to fight the just war of self defense that they had been fighting before 1997.Well, they gave peace a chance because in 1997 the Danish Government brokered in good faith – a Peace Accord between the Bangladesh Government and the Indigenous Jumma Freedom Fighters, the Jumma handed over all of their weapons (their biggest mistake) and upheld their end of the agreement, but the Bangladesh Government is YET to uphold their end of the agreement some 15 year later – and to the contrary have continued their murderous rampage leaving the Government of Denmark to shoulder the guilt of disarming a violently oppressed people who are now completely defenseless – like lambs to the slaughter….did I not describe the Bangladesh Government as being led by bold faced liars? I rest my case!
|20th February 2010, Bengali settlers backed by military attacking indigenous Jummas|
To further help the Bengali illegal settlers to STAY on the indigenous Jumma lands that they have stolen – the government of Bangladesh started giving their settler proxies a monthly ration of 85 kg of food per family in 1979 – an ‘ethnic cleansing insurance policy’ if you will – which continues to the present day. These are all violations of Article 8 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.The Chittagong Hills is an area under the illegal military occupation by the government of Bangladesh…a thoroughly criminal political entity that encouraged AND still protects the 400,000 non-indigenous Muslim Bengali settlers (from 1979 to 1985 alone) who invaded and annexed Christian & Buddhist indigenous Jumma tribal lands; because the Bangladeshi government promised them military protection and food if they took the land that belonged to someone else! You can even see the Bangladesh Military in one of the photos in the backround as illegal Bengali settlers rampage in the foreground!
|An Example of extreme hypocrisy in a billboard of Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka smiling while "indigenous" word was clumsily removed after Gov't Officials said there's no indigenous people in Bangladesh|
And for those who start schooling, fewer than 8 percent complete primary education while 2 percent complete secondary education, according to a 2009 study by the Dhaka-based research group, Human Development Research Centre.For those who make it to the classrooms – they face racist treatment by Bengali teachers who enforce a Bengali language curriculum on indigenous children who speak their OWN languages and do not understand the difficult Bengali alphabet. This too is a violation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples to be educated in their OWN languages and in their OWN communities – according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 14, and numerous other International Laws and Conventions.
|Malaimey Chakma (30) gave birth to a premature baby after police kicked her on her belly|
|Jibon Chakma, on his bed at Pangu Hospital in the capital, awaits surgery that could leave him without a leg. He along with Kamonasish Chakma, inset, and Babu Dhan was injured in a bomb attack in Rangamati last week. Photo: Rashed Shumon|