Discussion Meeting on ‘19th Anniversary of the CHT Accord: Land Rights and Realities of Local People’ held in Dhaka

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To mark the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord 1997, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF) and Kapaeeng Foundation jointly organized a discussion meeting titled “19th Anniversary of the CHT Accord: Land Rights and Realities of Local People” on 1 December 2016 at Azimur Rahman Conference Hall, The Daily Star Bhaban, Karwanbazar, Dhaka.

Kapaeeng Foundation Launches “Human Rights Report 2015 on Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh”

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KF Report: On 23 March 2016, Kapaeeng Foundation (KF) with support from Oxfam launched the “Human Rights Report 2015 on Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh” at Tawfiq Aziz Khan Seminar Hall, The Daily Star, Dhaka.

Noted human rights activist and Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh Advocate Sultana Kamal present as Chief Guest in the launching ceremony of the Report.

Launching and dissemination programme of Annual Situation Report 2015 on Indigenous Woman in Bangladesh Held in Dhaka

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Violence against indigenous women and girls is one of the alarming issues. From 2007 to 2015 a total number of 434 indigenous women and girls were subjected to physical and sexual violence and there is no single case where justice prevailed. In addition, 38 cases occurred in CHT and the rest in the plains out of 69 cases in 2015 and the majority victims were from the CHT. The most striking facet of sexual violence against indigenous women and girls is rape which exceeds other forms of physical and sexual violence in 2015. A total number of 14 cases reported on rape and 12 cases on gang rape, 11 cases on physical assault, 6 on sexual harassment, 16 cases were attempted to rape out of the 69 cases in 2015. It is notable that most of the cases rise out of the land issue and masculine hegemony towards minority indigenous women and the majority perpetrators belong to non-indigenous background.

Indigenous Rights Defenders Call For Concerted Efforts

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Workshop on UPR and Indigenous Peoples Held in Dhaka

Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Organizations and Kapaeeng Foundation jointly organized a national workshop titled “National Workshop: Promoting UPR Recommendation on Indigenous Peoples” from 6-7 December 2015 at CBCB Conference Hall in Dhaka. Indigenous rights defenders from all the regions of the country participated in the workshop called for concerted efforts of indigenous peoples organizations, civil society organizations and indigenous-friendly organizations and individuals for realizing the rights of indigenous peoples rights in the country.

Declare a Time-bound Roadmap for CHT Accord Implementation, Speakers of Seminar on 18th Anniversary of the CHT Accord Opined

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To mark the 18th anniversary of signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Accord 1997, Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF) and Kapaeeng Foundation jointly organized a national seminar titled “18th Anniversary of CHT Accord: Rights and Realities of Local People” on 29 November 2015at A. S. Mahmud Seminar Hall, The Daily Star Bhaban, Dhaka. The speakers of the seminar opined that a time-bound roadmap for implementation of the CHT Accord of 1997 is urgent for sustained peace in the CHT.

Kapaeeng Foundation organizes a “Capacity Building Training of Youth on ILO Convention 107, 169, 111 and International Human Rights Mechanisms”

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Kapaeeng Foundation (KF) organized a youth training titled “Capacity Building Training of Youth on ILO Convention 107, 169, 111 and International Human Rights Mechanisms”, from 1-3 November at Royal Hotel in Bandarban district with support from International Labour Organization (ILO). The objective of the training was to enhance understanding of indigenous youths on ILO convention 107, 169 and making them aware about international human rights mechanisms. A total of 29 indigenous youth from diverse ethnic groups from Chittagong Hill Tracts participated in the training, most of who are studying at different colleges and universities.