August 09, 2020
International Indigenous Day today (August 9). The day will be celebrated with due dignity in Bangladesh as in other countries of the world. On this day, disenfranchised indigenous peoples of different countries of the world will take to the streets to assert their rights.
The main objective of celebrating the day is to make the majority of non-indigenous people and all concerned aware about the way of life, fundamental rights and human rights of indigenous peoples, the language and culture of indigenous peoples and their right to self-determination.
On this occasion, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum and other organizations have undertaken various programs. On Sunday at 10 am, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum has organized a program to spread greetings, cultural programs, webinar discussion meetings and lighting of lamps.
Rashed Khan Menon MP, Unity NAP President Pankaj Bhattacharya, prominent human rights activist Sultana Kamal, Chakma Circle Chief Debashish Roy, TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, Shaheen Anam, Executive Director of the Foundation for the People and other well-wishers and well-wishers.
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon MP, Convener of Parliamentary Caucus on Indigenous Peoples Fazle Hossain Badsha MP, Unity NAP President Pankaj Bhattacharya, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Dhaka University Professor Sadeka Halim Rana Dasgupta, human rights activist Khushi Kabir, Adivasi Forum general secretary Sanjeev Drong, National Adivasi Parishad president Rabindranath Saren, Adivasi Forum central member Mainthin Pramila and other leaders.
At 8 pm, lamps will be lit and a minute of silence will be observed from their respective places to commemorate those who died in the global Kovid epidemic and to heal the earth.
It is to be noted that according to the decision taken by the United Nations in 1994, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples is being celebrated all over the world. The day is celebrated by 30 to 35 crore indigenous people in 90 countries of the world.