The 2013 Human Rights Report on Indigenous people of Bangladesh has been published by the Kapaeeng Foundation, with the support of Oxfam and the European Union.
The report shows that, in 2013, the number of incidents of human rights against indigenous peoples have again increased. There has been a significant increase in the destruction, burning and looting of indigenous property and in the number forced to escape across the border (2,000).
“Human rights of indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hills Tract and plain lands are still being violated in an alarming manner. In most cases, the state authority fail to investigate the alleged human rights violations properly, which were committed directly by state-machineries as well as by third parties such as Bengali settlers, illegal land grabbers, private companies and local administrations. The indigenous victims of human rights violations are often neither provided with essential protection nor co-operated in filing charges against the perpetrators. As a result, the offenders usually do not face any prosecution and punishments. “
There have recently been more attacks on indigenous people, particularly women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). Over the last month a Chakma woman was raped and killed, a Chakma girl was raped, a temple ransacked and settlers have attacked villages.