Category Archives: CHT

20 years of injustice

We are posting this story shared by Kapaeeng Foundation.

Kalpana Chakma. Photo retrieved from www.thedailystar.net

Kalpana Chakma. Photo retrieved from http://www.thedailystar.net

On 12 June 1996, then Hill Women’s Federation Organizing Secretary Kalpana Chakma was abducted and killed at her house in New Lalyaghona, Baghaichari Upzila, Rangamati District by the members of Bangladesh Army.

Up to this date, the case has not been adjudicated. Police repeatedly fails to submit report in the court.

While the Government formed an inquiry committee after three months of the incident, committee members failed to identify the perpetrators. In May 2010, police submitted a probe report with misleading contents, allegedly to cover up for the perpetrators. As the complainant – Kalpana’s brother, protested against tampered reports and documents, the case was continuously and repeatedly transferred to different investigatory departments and courts.

Even with the failure to address the case for the 30th time last 8 May 2016, there are hopes that the Investigating Officer will submit on 12 July 2016, and will finally give progress to Kalpana’s case.

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Bangladesh: Training on CHT Land Management

Women Headmen of CHT are participated in the training course on leadership development.  Photo by ALRD.

Women Headmen of CHT are participated in the training course on leadership development.
Photo by ALRD.

ALRD organized a training for IP leaders titled, Training on Leadership Development of Headmen and Karbaries in CHT Land Management, on 4-8 September 2015 in Tonga, Rangamati in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Thirty, mostly are customary women leaders (29), participated in the course.

The training was to develop leadership skills of Headmen (customary leaders) and Karbaries (village heads) to perform their duties effectively as traditional leaders in CHT resource management.