Bangladesh’s Home Ministry prohibits “unsupervised” interaction between individuals, national/international organisations and indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), without the presence of local administration members and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). The Home Ministry also requires foreigners to apply for a permission from the Home Ministry at least 1 (one) month prior to their visit to the CHT.
GHRD is deeply concerned by the unconstitutional and discriminatory orders of the Home Ministry. The orders are violating fundamental human rights: right to freedom of speech and expression, and movement of indigenous peoples and other citizens while adding to the already increasing tension in the region.
No other region or minority group is imposed to such restrictions and surveillance from the government in Bangladesh. The decisions violate the basic human rights of indigenous peoples; while potentially hinder the monitoring and documentation of human rights violations in the CHT. It is clear that these restrictions will be harmful for the welfare of region and its people.
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