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Title: Chronology of Events: Conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Authors: South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The Chittagong Hill Tracts (hereafter CHT), located in the south eastern part of Bangladesh was wracked by intense armed conflict for nearly two and a half decades. The conflict between the tribal communities who live in these hill tracts and the government of Bangladesh, which began in 1972 finally ended in 1997 after the conclusion of a peace agreement popularly known as the “CHT Peace Treaty”. However, even after one and half decades, most of the provisions of the treaty remain unimplemented. The land of the local people which was taken over and distributed to state sponsored Bengali settlers, has not been returned. The promise of withdrawal of cases against the members of the guerrilla force has not been fulfilled and regional council which was to govern the CHT remains in a limbo. It has raised serious concerns about the sustainability of the peace process initiated through the Peace treaty of 1997. The main parties to the conflict were Parbattya Chhatagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), the political organisation of the local tribes, who collectively call themselves as the “Jumma People” and the government of Bangladesh. The conflict began after the formation of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign republic which adopted constitution that set up a unitary system of government which did not recognise the multi ethnic and multi-lingual character of the people. The Jumma people saw this as an attempt to impose homogeneity and establish hegemony of the majority Bengali community.
Project Number: 105546
Project Title: Human Rights and Peace Audit on Partition in South Asia - Phase II
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