Alienation, imposing restriction and discrimination in access to resources and negligence, disrespect and non-recognition of the customary practices of the indigenous peoples are major causes for increasing the poverty and vulnerability among the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh

Rangamati, 12 October 2015: The meeting participants in general have expressed their concern over the increasing numbers of incidents of alienation, imposing restriction and discrimination in access to resources and negligence, disrespect and non-recognition of the customary practices of the indigenous peoples in all over the country. These are causing more of poverty and vulnerability within the communities.

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The villagers are conserving the forest area in their village boundary for their daily-live necessities. The village leaders said in the workshop on village common forest (VCF) management, organized by Khagrapur Mahila Kalyan Samity (KMKS) and Center for Integrated Programme and Development (CIPD) in association with Maleya Foundation on 04-06 March 2014 at Khagrachari.

The village leaders developed action plans for further improvement of their respective VCFs in the workshop. It includes ensure the legal recognition of VCF, mapping, identify and monitor the flora and fauna of the forest areas etc. Present status of their VCFs, its nature and importance in the present local, national and international context, management and legal aspects and other possible areas of improvement, etc shared and discussed during the 3 days workshop.

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Draft Wildlife, Forest Acts Submit objections to NHRC Mizanur asks stakeholders

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Monday, July 9, 2012

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National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged stakeholders concerned of the country's forests to submit their objections on the draft amendment to the Forest Act, 1927 and the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010 to the commission.

“I myself will forward the objections, alongside the commission's recommendations on removing the inconsistencies, to the speaker, standing committee on forest and even to the prime minister,” he said.

Mizanur was addressing a views exchanging meeting jointly organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Network, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement and Malaya Foundation in the capital's Jatiya Press Club.

He also urged people to compel the government to listen to their rational demands.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu urged the government to withdraw its plan to build a coal-based thermal power plant adjacent to the Sundarbans considering the negative impacts it might have on the forest and its inhabitants.

He also urged the government to consult the stakeholders concerned on their objections before enacting the drafts.

Chakma Raja Barrister Devasish Roy said the government was enacting the two drafts without going through related laws in other countries and this would cause the people of the forest regions to lose their rights. Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement Chairperson Gautom Dewan presided over the meeting where Information Commissioner Dr Sadeka Halim and Bela Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan also spoke.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Daily Star

Staff Correspondent

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday urged stakeholders concerned of the country's forests to submit their objections on the draft amendment to the Forest Act, 1927 and the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010 to the commission.

“I myself will forward the objections, alongside the commission's recommendations on removing the inconsistencies, to the speaker, standing committee on forest and even to the prime minister,” he said.

Mizanur was addressing a views exchanging meeting jointly organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Network, Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement and Malaya Foundation in the capital's Jatiya Press Club.

He also urged people to compel the government to listen to their rational demands.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu urged the government to withdraw its plan to build a coal-based thermal power plant adjacent to the Sundarbans considering the negative impacts it might have on the forest and its inhabitants.

He also urged the government to consult the stakeholders concerned on their objections before enacting the drafts.

Chakma Raja Barrister Devasish Roy said the government was enacting the two drafts without going through related laws in other countries and this would cause the people of the forest regions to lose their rights. Parbatya Chattagram Forest and Land Rights Protection Movement Chairperson Gautom Dewan presided over the meeting where Information Commissioner Dr Sadeka Halim and Bela Chief Executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan also spoke.

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[(From left) Sudatta Bikash Tanchangya, general secretary, Movement for the protection of land and forest in CHT His Majesty Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, chairperson of Maleya Foundation, and Gautam Dewan, chairman of  Movement for the protection of land and forest in CHT present their statements at the press conference.]

Maleya Foundation in collaboration with Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNetCCBD), and  Movement for the protection of land and forest in CHT held a press conference on the draft amendment to the Forest Act, 1927 and the draft of Wildlife (Preservation) Act, 2010, at Dhaka press club on June 12, 2012.

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Capacity Building Training Workshop on Environment and Forest Rights

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Capacity Building Training Workshop on Environment and Forest Rights

10-11 March 2012,

Maleya Hall, Rangamati

Organized by: Movement for the Protection of Forest and Land Rights in CHT and Maleya Foundation

Supported by: Manusher Jonno Foundation

As part of second quarter (Jan’12 to Mar’12) activity plan of the MJF (Manusher Jonno Foundation) -funded project, Capacity Enhancement of the Rights of the Small Ethnic Groups and Disadvantaged Communities for Policy Advocacy of Maleya Foundation, a 2-day long workshop on Forest Act 1927 was organized jointly by Maleya Foundation and Movement for the Protection of Forest and Land Rights in CHT at Maleya hall, Rangamati from 10-11 March, 2012. Chaired by His Majesty Raja Devasish Roy, who is currently holding the post of chairman of Maleya Foundation, the entire program was moderated by Mr. Sudatta Bikash Tangchangya, general secretary of Movement for the Protection of Forest and Land Rights in CHT.

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A view exchange meeting is in progress in Rangamati Hill District Council’s seminar room

[Day-2/November 17: A view exchange meeting is in progress in Rangamati Hill District Council’s seminar room;]   [Photo: Maleya]

Recently from 16-18 November, 2012, three MPs…i)Advocate Sohrab Ali Sana, Khulna-6, ii) Capt.[Retd.] Giasuddin Ahmed, Mymensingh, and iii) Golam Sobur Tulu, Barguna-2…who are members of the parliamentary committee on the proposed “Forest (Amendment) Act 2012” visited Rangamati hill district from Dhaka at the initiative of the same number of organizations. Maleya Foundation, Prodipan and Movement for the Protection of Forest and Land Rights in CHT [MPFLR]…with the financial assistance from Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF).

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Climate Change and Biodiversity

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Objectives:-

The major objectives of this programme is to contribute to the development and implementation of inclusive policies and processes related to Climate Change and biodiversity and indigenous peoples’ rights through ensuring full and effective participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives at local, national and international levels.

 

Maleya is presently conducting the following major activities under this programme:

 

· Organizing training and awareness raising workshops for indigenous peoples’ organizations, networks and activists on Climate Change and biodiversity issues;

 

· Monitoring the impact of Climate Change related activities of governmental and other agencies, and undertaking advocacy work at national and international levels;

 

·  Participation in various decision making processes on Climate Change, biodiversity, land, environment and livelihood issues related to indigenous peoples’ rights at national and international levels;

 

· Providing secretarial support to the Bangladesh Indigenous peoples Network on Climate Change and Biodiversity (BIPNet-CCBD);

        

· Conducting research on land rights, land alienation, forest rights, swidden (jum) cultivation, etc. related to indigenous peoples’ rights and publishing through books, information booklets, posters and leaflets;

 

·  Advocacy work on inclusive policies and processes, including amendments to the Forest Act 1927, National Forest Policy, amendment of the CHT Forest Transit Rules and Social Forestry Rules;

 

·  Initiatives to resolve conflicts between the Forest Department and forest-dependent communities, including indigenous peoples.