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    Bangladesh is home to more than 54 indigenous peoples speaking more than 35 languages. Bangladesh has not adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the economic and political rights of the country's indigenous peoples remain ignored.
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    54 indigenous peoples speaking 35 languages live in Bangladesh.
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    The land rights of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh continue to be one of the alarming issues and a key factor of gross human rights violations in the country.
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    53 of cases of human rights violations against indigenous women were reported in Bangladesh in 2016. Many cases are never reported.
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Bangladesh: Brutality Continues After Protest Against Rising Tide of Violence

In response to a surge of violence against indigenous people, the All Walks of Citizen Groups formed a human chain on 24 May to urge Bangladesh’s government to take action to stem this tide.

The recent weeks has seen rapes and murders of a 7-year old and an 11-year old girls, a grenade attack against Jumma students attending a peaceful public meeting, leaving one dead and at least 13 others seriously injured, and the murder of 4 indigenous labourers. The group condemned the government’s inaction and inability to ensure the security of marginalised communities and called on it to pursue legal against the perpetrators. Traditionally, those who commit crimes against indigenous groups in Bangladesh have enjoyed de facto immunity and are rarely brought to justice. Violence has only continued following the protest, however. On 28 May, an indigenous man was brutally beaten and taken to hospital; in a separate incident on the same day, an indigenous woman was gang raped by a group of Bengali settlers. Despite the identification of those responsible, no arrests have been made.


IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights. Read more.

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