CERAS forwarded a resolution passed at its AGM in June, concerning the current situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, to Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada for urgent action.


BE IT RESOLVED THAT CERAS demands from the government of Bangladesh the immediate arrest of those responsible for the arson attack in six hill villages in Longodu Upazila on 2nd June 2017. As well, CERAS reminds the government of its responsibility to ensure the safety of the villagers and provision of proper compensation of the victims. Moreover, CERAS views with deep alarm that these attacks are part of an on-going pattern that targets minorities in the CHT.


In the letter they also asked that the High Commissioner intimate his government of the resolution, so that with immediate effect minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts are offered security and protection to enjoy a life of peace and prosperity, without fear; that the situation of the minorities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts has been getting worse and worse for many years. CERAS also said that human rights activists who track these issues and work to ensure equality for all were not threatened or intimidated in any way.


The recent incident in which the homes of over three hundred people were set on fire is the latest in a long history where the indigenous inhabitants of the region are being gradually displaced and cleansed from their traditional homelands.

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