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

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

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

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”

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.

Training of IPHRDs on Promoting UPR Recommendations Held in Cox’s Bazar

On 25-27 October 2015, a three day training titled “Training of Indigenous Human Rights Defenders on Promoting UPR Recommendations on Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh” held at Cox’s Hilton Hotel, Kolatoli, Cox’s Bazar. The training was jointly organised by Kapaeeng Foundation (KF), Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum (BIPF), Cox’s Bazar Region and Coalition of Indigenous Peoples Organisations on Universal Periodic Review (UPR). A total of 28 indigenous peoples human rights defenders (IPHRDs) from different parts of the country, belonging to Bawm, Chakma, Marma, Rakhaine, Khyang, Mro, Pankhua, Munda and Tripura attended the training programme.

Training on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women Held in Rangamati

On 18-20 October 2015, Kapaeeng Foundation, Bangladesh Indigenous Women’s Network (BIWN), Society for Integrated Women’s Progress and Jagarani Mahila Samity jointly organized a three day training titled “Training on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls” at Taungya Conference Hall in Rangamati. The training was targeted at 30 indigenous human rights defenders from Rangamati, both female and male, to equip them with national and international human rights mechanisms, advocacy strategies, leadership skills and tools for combatting violence against indigenous women.

Roundtable Discussion on Tourism in Indigenous Territories: Tourism appears more as a threat to indigenous peoples’ cultural integrity and their land right rather than an economic opportunity, speakers tell

The tourism business in the indigenous territories was destroying lifestyle of the indigenous peoples by violating their property and human rights. The land acquired for implementing tourism projects end up depriving indigenous people of their traditional croplands and in some cases lead to eviction of people from their homes. The tourism industry has appeared more as a threat to indigenous peoples’ cultural integrity and to their right to the land and forest rather than an economic opportunity, speakers told a roundtable on “Tourism and Development inIndigenous Territories: Partnership of Indigenous Peoples and Roles of the Government’ held on 20 August 2015 at CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka.