We hope that the government and communities within the CHT continue to work together
Exactly 22 years ago today, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti, bringing an end to decades of intense violence in the region.
The accord, which was signed in 1997, is undoubtedly one of the most important events in Bangladesh’s history, paving the way forward for a much more peaceful existence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
It was also significant in establishing Bangladesh as a truly democratic nation once and for all, as it recognized the rights of the tribes and its people who call the Hill Tracts their home.
This is the sort of principle we must carry with us in the future as, in an increasingly globalized, democratic, and secular world, these values will determine how united we are as a nation, contributing further to our future progress and development.
There is no denying that life in the CHT has improved since the implementation of the accord, despite sporadic incidents of violence cropping up.
At this point in time, for the betterment of the CHT, it is important that authorities do their best to ensure that the treaty is adhered to.
The accord already provides the provisions required to ensure better peacekeeping in the region.
As such, we hope that the government and communities within the CHT continue to work together in this regard, and that violence in the Chittagong Hill Tracts becomes a thing of the past.