Dishonesty in the implementation of the CHT Accord

–John Tripura

In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, there was a civil war with the Bangladeshi military and Shanti Bahini (peace force) in more than 25 years. The armed war was ended by singing an agreement (known as CHT Accord) between Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) and with the Government of Bangladesh on 2 December 1997. As a result, this has been widely known as ‘Peace Accord’. The then prime minister Sheikh Hasina signed the agreement with the infinite courage and prudence. The accord was signed in accordance with the constitution of Bangladesh; the undisputed leader of the hill peoples Jotirindra Bodipriya Larma (Santu Larma) has signed the Accord on behalf of the indigenous Jumma peoples and Abul Hasnat Abdullah, MP and Convener of the National Committee, on behalf of the government of Bangladesh has signed the Accord. Now the government and the Jana Samhati Samiti keep their statement in every year on the occasion of the anniversary of the CHT Accord. The government says almost all of the provisions of the Accord have been implemented. And the rest of the un-implemented provisions/regulations of the Accord will be implemented as early as possible. But the Jana Samhati Samiti said that none of the fundamental issues of the CHT Accord were implemented yet. Consequently, the situation in the CHT is becoming more restless. Continue reading “Dishonesty in the implementation of the CHT Accord”