Thursday, May 23, 2013

Authorities failed to settle Indigenous Peoples’ claims to land: Amnesty International

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News No. 52/2013,Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE London-based Amnesty International in its annual report on Bangladesh has said ‘the authorities failed to settle Indigenous Peoples’ claims to land.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/bangladesh/report-2013#section-13-7

The report, which assessed and reviewed the state of human rights in 159 countries around the word for the year 2012, was made public on 22 May in London.

 In its Bangladesh section, the report also made comments on the rights of  the indigenous peoples.  Under subtitle “Indigenous Peoples’ rights” it  said:

 “As in previous years, the authorities failed to settle Indigenous Peoples’  claims to land that had been seized from them during the internal armed  conflict (1975-1997), or recently occupied by increasing numbers of Bengali settlers. Tension between the two communities and the failure of the
security forces to protect local Indigenous people against attacks by Bengali settlers led to several clashes and injuries on both sides.

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between Indigenous people and Bengali settlers in Rangamati on 22 September. Local people said security forces came to the scene but failed to stop the violence.”

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