Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  

Constitutional recognition of indigenous people demanded

Speakers at a discussion at Chapainawabganj yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of the indigenous people, formation of a separate land commission and ministry for them and introduction of primary education in their mother language to ensure their rights.

The discussion was held to mark the International Day for World's Indigenous People.

Deputy Commissioner of Chapainawabganj Shahadat Hossain attended the discussion as the chief guest while Shimul Marandi and Rita Kisku jointly conducted the function.

They also demanded a speedy trial tribunal to try the culprits responsible for atrocities on the indigenous people.

Nearly one thousand indigenous peoples joined in a celebration in Chapainawabganj town marking the International Indigenous People's Day yesterday and demanded points including a special tribunal for speedy trial of complaints related to atrocities on them.

In the morning, thousands of indigenous people from different villages in Nachole and Gomostapur upazilas gathered in the auditorium, dressed in their traditional attires with other musical instruments, bows and arrows.

The rally they took out paraded two and a half kilometers of the town.

Care Bangladesh and European Commission financed the programmes.

District Nagarik Committee President Advocate Saiful Islam Reza, Adivashi Samaj Kalyan Parishad president Shyam Tudu, Care Bangladesh's Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury and Jatiya Adivashi Parishad's Shibganj upazila secretary Madan Kumar Baroi were also present.

Our RU Correspondent adds: The Association for Community Development (ACD), a human rights organisation of Rajshahi, yesterday organised an indigenous women's meeting at Dewpara Union Parishad auditorium.

Speakers at the meeting said the rights of the indigenous people are being violated in various ways and the women are more helpless to exploitation.

They also demanded equal salary for the indigenous people in the working sector.