CHT could return to pre-treaty era: speakersStaff Correspondent
Researchers, stakeholders and activists on Chittagong Hill Tracts issues on Sunday warned that the situation in the region might return to pre-peace treaty era if the state continued showing lack of interest in resolving the land disputes and implementing the accord.
They made the observation at a discussion on ‘Land rights of the indigenous peoples’ at CIRDAP auditorium on the occasion of International Day of Worlds Indigenous Peoples.
The parliamentary caucus on indigenous issues chairman, Rashed Khan Menon, said despite the signing of the accord 16 years ago, there had been no move to settle the land disputes in CHT and such indifference might take the situation back to the pre-treaty era.
He said the land disputes were being deliberately procrastinated which was causing tension in the hills.
Menon accused the civil-military bureaucrats and a section of politicians, who had taken lease of thousands of acres of lands in the hills showing them as khas lands by using their influence, of plotting to delay the land dispute resolution.
He said the hill people had been demanding 13 amendments to the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 as those clauses were against the spirit of the CHT treaty but the cabinet approved a draft amendment dropping three major demands.
He said an unnecessary controversy was triggered over the word ‘indigenous’ through a note issued by the UN wing of the foreign ministry which was prepared by military intelligence.
The note claimed that use of the term ‘indigenous’ would force Bangladesh to go by international conventions and covenants and it would inspire separatism, he said.
‘Actually, it was done to justify the presence of military in the hills,’ he added.
Menon lamented that even the prime minister had said Bengalis were the adivasis of this soil. The word adivasi does not mean native, it has different connotations, he said.
Researcher Abul Barakat said study showed that 22 per cent ethnic minority households in the hill districts had been removed from their lands at least for once and many families had to leave their lands three to four times in 1977-2007.
He said the indigenous people had been alienated through political and demographic engineering and it was producing lack of trust and hatred among them.
He said the 1997 treaty was supposed to improve the living of the hill people but it failed to do so in the past 16 years.
Barakat said there was no scope for looking for alternatives to implementing the treaty as many countries experienced that failures in resolving historic problems after an understanding took situation on a reverse course in 10-20 years.
Chakma Circle chief Devashish Roy, Adivasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Jatiya Sramik Jote president Shirin Akter and hill refugee leader Shantoshita Chakma Bakul also spoke at the programme chaired by ALRD chairperson Khushi Kabir.
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