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460JAPAN: Jumma Organizations/Supporters Highlight CHT Crisis

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  • Jonathan Watts
    Jul 16, 2005
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      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
      the CHT.

      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:

      Tom Edwardson
      Steering Committee, Jumma Net
      Tel/Fax: +81-3-3655-1005
      e-mail: tom@...
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