Bangladesh: Seeking Intervention with CHT Colonial Dispute


    On 15 August 1947, the Subcontinent became free of the British colonial rule and Chittagong Hill Tracts joined India as per the principle (religion) of the partition of the Subcontinent. However, the undemocratic, illegal and outlandish decision of the Bengal Boundary Commission chaired by Sir Cyril Radcliffe declared CHT — a free territory until the beginning of the British colonial rule here in 1860 — to be a part of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)! It led the Pakistani regime to occupy CHT on 20 August 1947. Thus the seed of the present Bangladeshi colonial rule and demographic invasion coupled with genocides and gross human rights violations in CHT was sawed. The United Nations came into being and all the British colonies were decolonized and made free. However, CHT continues to suffer the trauma of the British colonial legacy till today.

    The representatives of CHT and the Government of Bangladesh signed an agreement called the CHT Accord in 1997 which provides limited autonomy to the people of this area. However, the Government of Bangladesh has failed to implement it till today. It has, rather, tightened the prevailing de facto military rule there with establishment of new military and paramilitary camps and expansion of the existing ones coupled with new waves of Bangladeshi demographic invasion and human rights violations ostensibly for realization of its demographic invasion and ethnic cleansing policy in the area.

    CHT is a colonial dispute. Its resolution is historically justified, legally valid and politically necessary for restoration of the inalienable right to self-determination of its indigenous people. We understand that the UK has a responsibility for resolving this dispute.

    You are, therefore, requested to intervene with the dispute for its resolution acceptable to all parties concerned.

    With regards,

    Yours sincerely,

    Nikhil Chakma

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