Development Eludes Bangladeshi Buddhist Tribals

December 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

Wire Service: IANS

Major problems confronting Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in Bangladesh, home to the country's Buddhist tribals, remain unresolved ten years after a peace treaty led to their surrender.

Ethnic minority leaders in general have blamed it on lack of political will by successive governments, who have shied away from granting autonomy to councils, envisaged and formed under the treaty.

Their major demands as laid out in the CHT peace treaty of 1997, which ended guerrilla warfare of 22 years, have not been met, New Age newspaper said Sunday.

Occasional violence between rival factions of the minority organisations has also continued.

The expected results of the treaty such as tranquillity and development remained elusive, the newspaper noted in a report marking ten years of the treaty signed on Dec 2, 1997.