In May 2011, GHRD’s local partner in Bangladesh led a three day mission to the CHT region, speaking with members from over 100 Jumma families who were victims of arson attacks in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region of Bangladesh which occurred in February and April of 2011. According to our partner, we are to date the only international human rights organization to investigate the attacks.
GHRD representatives recently gave lectures to students from two top American universities – the University of Southern Utah and Lipscomb University Tennessee.
As part of GHRD’s ongoing activities for the protection of minorities living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in Bangladesh, GHRD on Tuesday 10 May, made a public statement of support to the Jumma People’s Network UK, who demonstrated in front of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London demanding attention and support from the UK Foreign Office for minorities living in the CHT. The main aim was to protest against the recent attacks (17th April) on indigenous villages in Ramgarh in the CHT.
Since the assassination of the Pakistani Minister of Minority Affairs, Shabbaz Bhatti, the Pakistan cabinet’s only Christian minister, on 2nd March 2011, the Pakistani government’s approach to the appointment of a new representative for minorities has been fragmented and the political situation is complex to say the least. GHRD is concerned that the Government’s actions following Bhatti’s murder reflect a lack of commitment to repeal the blasphemy law and will not result in any positive change for minorities.