News No. 105/2012, Tuesday, October 02, 2012
THE Jumma people living in South Korea today staged a demonstration in front of Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul to protest against the 22 – 23 Rangamati attack, according to a press release issued by JPNK.
Organized by Jumma Peoples Network – Korea, an organization of the expatriate and exiled Jummas in South Korea, the press conference was attended by about 45 participants including Korean NGO activists. Media persons from BBS Television were also present to cover the event.
Moderated by Mr. Choto Chakma, General Secretary of JPNK, the programme was addressed by Zico Chakma, Samapti Chakma, Shanti Jibon Chakma and Kanon Chakma.
A prominent Korean human rights activist Hotaeg Lee also addressed the gathering expressing solidarity with the just struggle of the Jumma people in CHT, while Ronel Chakma, General Secretary and Chief Advisor of JPN, translated their speeches.
Zico Chakma, organizing secretary of JPNK, in his speech demanded gradual introduction of Full Autonomy in CHT.
Ms Samapti Chakma severely condemned the human rights abuses and sexual violence committed against the indigenous Jumma women by the Bengali Muslim settlers, and demanded immediate exemplary punishment to the culprits.
Hotaeg Lee, a prominent Korean human rights activist in Korea, delivered a solidarity speech, urging the government of Bangladesh and the international community to act to protect the rights of the indigenous
people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Shanti Chakma and Kanan Chakma called on the government of Bangladesh to stop human rights abuses against the Jumma people in the CHT.
At the end of the programme, the Jumma participants chanted slogans condemning the government of Bangladesh for its inability to protect the human rights of the indigenous people of CHT.
Later a JPNK delegation handed to Bangladesh ambassador to South Korea a memorandum addressed to the prime minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina.