Approximately 170 guests were present at the seminar to discuss the challenges and opportunities in relation to ensuring rights for Indigenous People and Tribal People (ITP). Country Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Bangladesh, Mr. Andre Bogui, gave his opening remarks, where he emphasized the importance of dealing with the issue in cooperation with facilitators, development partners as well as with the Government of Bangladesh. Mr. Bogui argued that there have been some positive aspects in terms of promoting the rights of ITP, as there is now a paragraph in the Sixth Five Year Plan concerning rights for ITP.
On February 19, Bengali settlers launched major communal attacks against indigenous peoples in 14 indigenous villages in Baghaihat area of Sajek Union under Rangamati district in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. In these allegedly pre-planned attacks settlers backed by the Bangladesh army six indigenous persons were killed and over 200 houses of the indigenous villagers were burned down. The violence later spread to various places in Khagrachori district.