DYF Chittagong city unit conference held

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chtnews.com
News No. 171/2010, November 26, 2010

A TWENTY-ONE member committee for the Chittagong City unit of the Democratic Youth Forum was formed at the end of a conference held at Islamabadi Memorial Hall at Cheragi Pahar in the city today.

The conference, attended by hundreds of Jumma youths, was inaugurated by Sachib Chakma, a central committee member of the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF).

In his speech Sachib said, “The Chittagong Hill Tracts is our existence; the CHT comes first in our thoughts.”

He demanded that the CHT is declared a special autonomous area and the traditional land rights of the Jumma people recognized in the constitution of Bangladesh.

The UPDF leader also said that the hill people’s lands are being continuously taken over by outsiders.

“Repression on women has become a serious problem” he said adding, “Nowhere do the Jumma women find themselves safe and secure – be it at home or at workplace.”

Mr Chakma urged the government to rehabilitate the settlers outside the CHT.

Presided over by Supreme Chakma, the inaugural ceremony was also addressed by Advocate Bhulon Bhowmic, president of Jatio Mukti Council Chittagong chapter; Mohammad Hossain Khan, Joint Convenor of the Chittagong Unit of the Democratic Committee Against Imperialism and Fascism; Raqib Uddin, organizer, Naya Ganatantric Gano Mancha; Mithun Chakma, convenor of Democratic Youth Forum and Konika Dewan, general secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation.

Ziko Marma of Democratic Youth Forum gave a welcome address, while Thomas Chakma conducted the session.

Advocate Bhulon Bhowmik said it is the youth who can destroy the old and rotten society and rebuild a new one.

He reiterated his party’s full support the struggle of the Jumma people for full autonomy, and demanded that the government must pull out the military from CHT.

After the inaugural session, the participants took out a procession, carrying placards and chanting slogans.

In the afternoon session, a 21-member new committee for the DYF Chittagong City unit was formed with Ziko Marma, Thomas Chakma and Polen Chakma elected unanimously as president, general secretary and organizing secretary respectively.

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