Central Asia Indigenous Peoples

CentralAsia MapCentral Asia is the core region of the Asian continent and stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China in the east, covering an area of 5,130,746 square kilometers (1,980,992 sq mi). With a population of 1,600,000,000 people, Central Asia includes seven countries – Sri Lanka, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Across this vast region, indigenous peoples – often called Tribals, Adivasis, or Dalits – have lived for thousands and thousands of years. In Bangladesh there are over 50 tribal groups, most of whom are located in the Chittagong Hill Tracts in the southeast, while in India, there are over 200 recognized tribal groups (as well as many unrecognized tribal groups). Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan also have large indigenous populations, although they are often referred to as ethnic minorities. Like their indigenous brothers and sisters, they face a number of common struggles: sovereignty, the right to self-determination, preservation of language and heritage, rights to land and natural resources, impacts from climate change and environmental damage, and recognition within local, federal, and international governments and laws.

Bangladesh: Upazila Elections 2014 - Indigenous Candidates Win 18 Chairman Posts, 20 Female Vice Chairman And 17 Vice Chairman (General) Posts 04-07-2014
Bangladesh: Indigenous Women Representatives Attend The CSW58 As A Part Of Global Indigenous Leaders 04-05-2014
India: Sun Shines On Forest Women 03-22-2014
Bangladesh: Five Indigenous Girls And Women Raped In A Month In Khagrachari, Law-Enforcing Agencies Continue To Offer Impunity To Perpetrators 03-22-2014
Nepal: Locals Demand Implementation Of FPIC In Upper Marsangdy 03-08-2014
Bangladesh: Statement To The UN - Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Jumma Women In The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), Bangladesh 03-03-2014
Bangladesh: Human Chain Demanding Justice For Sabita Chakma, Immediate Arrest And Exemplary Punishment Of The Murderers 02-28-2014
Nepal: Nepal’s Nomadic Rautes Changing Their Way Of Life - For Good Or Bad? 02-26-2014
Bangladesh: Human Rights Report 2013 On Indigenous Peoples In Bangladesh 02-26-2014
Karnataka: National Green Tribunal Halts All Construction Activity In Challakere Amrut Mahal Kavals 02-26-2014
Nepal: Darai Welcomed The First Time Constituent Assembly (CA) Member Mr. Santu Darai 02-22-2014
Bangladesh: Indigenous Chakma Woman Allegedly Murdered After Gang Rape In Khagrachari 02-19-2014
Bangladesh: PCJSS Organises Press Conference On The Eve Of The 16th Anniversary Of CHT Accord In Rangamati 12-04-2013
Odisha: When Calamity Strikes, Think Local 12-04-2013
India: A Google For India’s Poor 11-24-2013
Pakistan: Ethnobotanical Assessment Of Plant Resources Of Banda Daud Shah, District Karak, Pakistan 11-24-2013
Bangladesh: Attack On Indigenous Villagers By Bengali Land Grabbers In Cox’s Bazar Leaving 7 Women Injured 11-20-2013
Bangladesh: An Indigenous Girl Gang Raped By A Group Of Miscreants In Mirasarai And Her Father Commits Suicide Over The Trauma 11-20-2013
Nepal: Discrimination In Promotion Within Nepal Police Communicated To The United Nations 11-17-2013
Nepal: LAHURNIP Condemns The Attempt To Murder Indigenous Rights Activist And Journalist Gopal Dewan 11-11-2013
Nepal: Religious Discrimination Against Indigenous Peoples In Nepal’s Kakrebihar Under Consideration At UN 11-11-2013
Bangladesh: Public Hearing On Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Held In Dhaka 11-11-2013
Bangladesh: Miscreants Burn Down An Indigenous House In Gazipur 11-04-2013
India: Illegal Mining Enquiry Cut Short 10-26-2013
Bangladesh: International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) Sends Letter To Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Calling Upon The Government To Pass The Bill On The Amendment Of The CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 10-21-2013
Bangladesh: Government Continues To Dilly-Dallying In Amending The CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 10-15-2013
Bangladesh: Initiative To Set Up BGB Battalion Headquarters On 30 Acres Of Lands Evicting 50 Families Of Indigenous Villagers In Dighinala 10-07-2013
Bangladesh: Relief Fails To Return Confidence Among The Victims Of Matiranga-Taindong Communal Attack, Citizens Committee 10-05-2013
Nepal: CIAA Acts On Complaint Regarding Access To Traditional Water Sources Of Indigenous Community In Gorkha 10-05-2013
Nepal: Indigenous Peoples Submit Complaint To The UN On Violations Of Religious And Cultural Rights In Surkhet 10-03-2013
Bangladesh: Land Grabbers Led By Bit Officer Chop Down Hundreds Of Betel Leaf Trees In Sylhet With An Aim To Occupy Land Of Khasia People 10-03-2013
India: Two Days Regional Conference Of All India Union Of Forest Working People In Kaimur (UP, Bihar and Jharkhand) Convened In Renukut, Sonbhadra, UP On The Occasion Of 106th Birth Anniversary Of Shaheed-e-azam Bhagat Singh 10-03-2013
Nepal: Indigenous Peoples Demand To Stop Army Mobilization In Nepal’s Makalu Barun National Park 09-30-2013
Nepal: Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations Demand Amendments In Nepal’s Election Laws 09-26-2013
Bangladesh: Communal Attack Upon Jumma Laborers Took Place In Chittagong EPZ Area Leaving 21 Indigenous Workers Injured 09-18-2013
Bangladesh: An Indigenous Chakma Girl Raped By A Bengali Settler In Longadu 09-16-2013
Bangladesh: Land Grabbing And Attack On Indigenous Peoples By Land Grabber Mujibul Haque Gang In Lama 09-16-2013
Uttar Pradesh: Thousands Of Tribal And Other Forest Dwellers Took Over Sanctuary Land And Planted Forest With Fruit And Medicinal Plants In Chirakoot District, UP 09-02-2013
India: No Longer Tracking Greenery In High Altitudes - Pastoral Practices Of Rupshu Nomads And Their Implications For Biodiversity Conservation 08-28-2013
Bangladesh: Culture Of Impunity - Police Submits Untrue Reports Twice On Gulshakhali-Bogachatar Communal Attack Case With An Aim To Provide Full Impunity To The Accused 08-26-2013
Arunachal Pradesh: Sons Of The Soil Meets On Siang (Arunachal) Over Mega Dams - Indigenous Voices Denied 08-20-2013
Odisha: Dongria Kondh Tribe Deals Fatal Blow To Vedanta Mine 08-20-2013
Karnataka: Illegal Diversion Of Amrit Mahal Kaval Grasslands - Findings Of Fact Finding Committee Appointed By Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (SZ) Criticized As Unscientific And Irrational 08-19-2013
Bangladesh: 33 Indigenous Marma Families Facing Threat To Eviction By Land Grabber In Rowangchari Under Bandarban District 08-19-2013
International: Joint Statement On Community Forest Governance By The People’s Organizations Of Nepal And India 08-15-2013
India: Tribal Sacrifices As A Condition For Creation Of Seemandhra And Telangana States 08-13-2013
Bangladesh: Statement Of ICIP-CHT On Matiranga Arson Attack On 3 August 2013 08-09-2013
Bangladesh: PCJSS Forms Human Chain Protesting Against Taindong Communal Attack On Jummas, Atrocities Of UPDF And Passive Roles Of Government Authorities 08-08-2013
Bangladesh: Around 380 Affected Tripura Villagers Of 4 Villages In Taindong-Matiranga Yet To Return To Their Homes 08-08-2013
West Bengal: Gram Sabhas In North Bengal Take Control Over Their Resources 08-08-2013
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