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Hill Violence Threatens Bangladesh Peace Treaty

A surge of abductions, murders, and clashes between indigenous tribes and Bengali settlers is threatening a peace treaty that ended bush wars in Bangladesh’s southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in 1997, and impeding development work in the region. Last month, the two groups abducted at least 42 activists from both sides in the three hill districts of Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban. In addition, their clashes left at least three dead. The pro-peace group, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), has threatened to launch an anti-government movement if the ruling party does not implement all aspects of the peace treaty by this month. The PCJSS says the government has implemented only four of the 40 points in the treaty. “If the government wants, it can fully implement the peace treaty in six months,” says PCJSS chief and chairman of the CHT Regional Council Jyotirindria Bodhipriya Larma. Full Story

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