Yesterday’s attack on the motorcade of Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission injured Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Rangamati sadar police station Officer-in-Charge Monu Sohel Imtiaz, Research Officer of the CHT Commission Ilira Dewan and car driver Nur Hossain. Also in the car were activists Advocate Sultana Kamal and Barrister Sara Hossain, and CHT Commission coordinator Hana Shams Ahmed. The incident has brought the ultra-nationalist, anti-adivasi racist activists of Shomo Odhikar Andolon into national headlines.
“Our struggle for self-determination and autonomy, meaning the struggle since 80’s decade, rape has been used by Bengali military and civilian men / administration / state as a weapon.
Justice for Sabita and some related issues
By Tandra Chakma. Translated by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
According to UN Women 25th of February is “Orange Day.” Every year this day is observed around the world as part of the campaign calling for end of violence against women.
মায়ানমারে চম্পকনগরের পথে
সুপ্রিয় তালুকদার for alaodulal.org
[ বংশানুক্রমে জানা যায় যে চাকমারা চম্পকনগর নামক স্থান থেকে পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রাম ও তৎসংলগ্ন অঞ্চলে এসেছে। কোন চম্পকনগর থেকে এসেছে তা নিয়ে মতভেদ থাকলেও নৃবিজ্ঞান, বিখ্যাত গবেষকদের মন্তব্য, প্রাপ্ত নির্ভরযোগ্য তথ্য এবং মায়ানমারের ইতিহাস বিশ্লেষণে আমি নিশ্চিত ছিলাম যে চাকমারা মায়ানমারের চম্পকনগর থেকে এসেছে।
“But in the last Awami period, from Ramu to Sathia, during the various attacks on Buddhish and Hindu community, alongside BNP-Jamaat, we have also seen local Awami League members. This has put into crisis the entire basis for this party to claim itself as “secular.” Last Friday, during the attacks in Barisal, the leadership was given by Chatra League workers (Kaler Kontho). So when it comes to oppression of minorities, Awami League-BNP-Jamaat leaders at local have forgotten all “oppositions” and become united.”
“Historically, the so called ‘tribal’, non-Bengali ethnic groups – i.e. those who wish to be known as indigenous peoples (IPs) – of Bangladesh have been at the forefront of various struggles against feudal and colonial forms of subjugation, oppression and exploitation. However, the emergence of the post-colonial nation-states – first Pakistan, and then Bangladesh – did not necessarily lead to the emancipation of the IPs.”