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Bangladesh highlights CHT Peace Accord Implementation progress at UN

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Published: 22:17, 20 April 2024   Update: 22:19, 20 April 2024
Bangladesh highlights CHT Peace Accord Implementation progress at UN

Bangladesh at the 23rd session of the United Nations (UN) Permanent Forum on Indigenous People has highlighted the progress of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord Implementation and the development of small ethnicities, ethnic groups and communities undertaken by the government.

Bangladesh delegation led by Hill Chittagong Affairs Secretary Md Moshiur Rahman, the 23rd session is being held for two weeks from April 15 to 26, 2024 at the UN Headquarters, said a press release received on Saturday.

Other delegation members included Land Ministry Secretary Md Khalilur Rahman, and Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board Chairman Supradeep Chakma and the representatives of the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Permanent Mission in the UN.

The CHT Affairs secretary in his presentation highlighted the government's various activities in line with the treaty to preserve and develop unique regional culture and heritage in the hilly regions in Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Constitution has provided equal rights to the people of the country, irrespective of the religion, caste, caste, gender or place of birth, he mentioned.

Referring to the signing of the historic Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in 1997 under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said the decades long conflict in the hilly regions has come to an end and it was possible to integrate the people of the small ethnic groups living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts into the mainstream of the country's development. 

In addition, the secretary informed the meeting about the incumbent governments various steps taken to ensure overall development of the region, including digital land survey and management initiatives to ensure security in Hilly Chittagong, protect environmental balance, and settle land disputes.

Noting that since the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, there has been a tremendous change in the overall development of the region, he added that the government is doing its various development activities there in consultation with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council.

Meanwhile, several UN agencies and international development partners are implementing various development projects in the region, he added.