MNA Feature Desk: Ethnic minorities in Bangladesh today observed the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples with a call for recognising them as indigenous people in the constitution.
Today, Thursday 9 August 2018, is the 24th International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples since its creation by the United Nations in December 1994.
The date was chosen because it marks the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982.
The 2018 theme of “Indigenous People’s Migration and Movement” illustrates the consequences of the persecution and economic disenfranchisement many indigenous peoples face.
Whether they are fleeing discrimination or state-sponsored violence, or have been forcibly removed from their lands by profiteers, many indigenous groups now find themselves separated from their ancestral lands and culture without hope of return.
With migrant and refugee rights an ongoing crisis, it is more important than ever to consider the social, culture and economic impacts of displacement, particularly in relation to indigenous peoples.