Bangladesh: 12,000 tribespeople thrown off land

May 18, 2005

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Twelve thousand people from the Mru, Bowm and Marma tribes are to be thrown off their land to make way for the expansion of an army base in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.

The army has acquired the land without consultation with the local people.

The move goes against the spirit of the 1997 peace accord, signed between the government and the tribal people of the Hill Tracts, which sought to reduce the number of military in the region rather than increase it.