Press Release: Jumma Organizations/Supporters Highlight CHT Crisis
during Khaleda Zia's visit to Japan
Released: 13 July 2005
On the occasion of the visit to Japan by Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum
Khaleda Zia on 12-15 July 2005, indigenous Jumma activists living in
Japan, and Japanese CHT support NGOs/groups held an urgent public
meeting at Joenji Buddhist Temple in Shinjuku, Tokyo from 6:30 PM,
Thursday 12 July 2005, to raise concern regarding GoB plans to settle
tens of thousands of Bengali settler families* along the Baghaihat-Sajek
road in RangamatiHill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh, to
start to provide
free food rations to 28,000 Bengali settlers families in the CHT in
addition to the approx. 27,000 families already receiving rations, and
recent incidents of land grabbing/appropriation and human rights abuse
Some 35 citizens/researchers/activists/media personnel attended the
meeting which was arranged on short notice. Representatives of Jumma
Peoples Network Japan, and the Japanese support groups Jumma Net, Japan
CHT Committee, Shimin Gaiko Centre and CHT Children's Fund gave
presentations/speeches on the above issues.
Today, Wednesday 13 July 2005, at 11:00 AM, the Jumma Peoples Network
Japan and Japanese support groups will submit the attached appeal (MOFA
Appeal) in person to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kasumigaseki,
Tokyo. A seperate meeting with MOFA officials is due to be held on
Wednesday 20 July 2005.
Furthermore, the Jumma Peoples Network of the Asia Pacific (JUMNAPA)
which is based in Australia has sent the attached appeal to the Japanese
government. It is attached herewith with their permission.
*Note: 10,000 families according to PCJSS press release, and 65,000
families according to "News From Bangladesh" website, UPDF, and Asian
Centre for Human Rights.
For further information, please contact:
Steering Committee, Jumma Net