16 July 2009 |
Indigenous people and religious minorities still affected by displacement
Armed conflict and human rights violations including forced evictions and government policies discriminating against religious minorities have displaced at least tens of thousands of people in Bangladesh. The armed conflict in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of south-east Bangladesh broke out in 1973 when the central government rejected demands by indigenous groups there for constitutional protection and recognition as a separate community within the new state of Bangladesh.
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