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Newsletter | July 2011

In May and June GHRD representatives actively participated in conferences in Brussels, London and The Netherlands. High on the agenda was human rights violations committed against the indigenous Jumma in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and protection of human rights defenders. GHRD observers in Bangladesh and Pakistan also conducted successful fact finding missions on human rights violations committed against minorities in these countries.


Educational and awareness activities

Gruntvig grant approval

It is with great pleasure GHRD announces that the European Commission approved our Grundtvig workshops project proposal entitled “Building bridges for a multicultural Europe”. The one week event will take place in The Hague, in September 2011 and will bring together 18 participants from six European countries: amongst them migrants, social and youth workers who want to increase their awareness on migration and social inclusion of immigrants.

Human rights lectures: The MIT School of Management, India

On the 28th of June 2011 GHRD held a meeting in The Hague with a group of thirty students of the Master in Government of the MIT School of Management of Pune, India. Read more...


GHRD Brochure

GHRD’s Human Rights Division has recently published a brochure on our activities and key priorities. Access the brochure here

Indigenous Jumma attacked in CHT

GHRD’s local observers conducted a successful fact finding mission to the Chittagong Hill Tracts region, Bangladesh, to investigate the recent arson attacks committed against the indigenous Jumma in Rangamati and Khagrachari districts in February and April.

GHRD’s local partner Human Rights Focus Pakistan complete successful fact finding mission to Azad Kashmir

GHRD Observers from Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) in June conducted a successful fact finding mission to the Azad Kashmir region of Pakistan to investigate the situation for minorities in the region. Naveed Walter from HRFP gave an interview to FM Radio 1O5.4 (Voice of Kashmir) about the issues experienced by minorities in the region. Representatives from HRFP also met local leaders, advocates, journalists, activists, students, women. The findings will be published in the next quarterly report in September.

Activities in India

GHRD has successfully completed two projects with partner organisation Jabala Action Research Organisation: “Freedom through Football” and “Economic Rehabilitation of Survivors through skill development”. The second project provides rehabilitation, information, and demand- oriented training for girls and young adult survivors of trafficking, so that they may confidently re-enter society. GHRD is currently collecting information of some of the stories of the girls who have been trafficked and their rehabilitation at Jabala which will form the basis of subsequent reporting.

Evaluation report

Lobbying and advocacy

GHRD representatives attend House of Lords conference on the implementation of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord in London, July 4

GHRD representatives attended and spoke at a recent conference jointly organised by the Jumma peoples Network UK and the International Bangladesh Foundation at the House of Lords in London. The conference focussed on the human rights violations that are continuing in the CHT region and on the implementation of the 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord. GHRD Human Rights Officer Julia de Blaauw spoke of GHRD’s recent fact finding in the CHT region and about the recent arson attacks that took place in February and April of 2011 in Rangamati and Khagrachari districts, affecting over 630 indigenous Jumma. Read more... 

Jumma People’s Network UK demonstration in London

On Tuesday 10 May, GHRD 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. Read more...

GHRD observer Rabindra Ghosh’s Europe tour

Advocate Rabindra Ghosh, longstanding GHRD observer in Bangladesh, recently visited Europe where he was received by Bangladeshi minority Diaspora in the UK and France. Mr Ghosh also visited GHRD the Hague and attended the conference on Chtitagong Hill Tracts at the House of Lords. GHRD also wishes to congratulate Mr Ghosh to the award of his work for minorities which he received at an international conference in East London by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council. 

EU-Asia Conference in Brussels

GHRD Chairman, Sradhanand Sital and Human Rights Officer Jenny Lundström attended the Friends of Europe Conference on ‘Europe and the Asian Century”. Read more...