Self-Determination, the Chittagong and Bangladesh

  • Akram H. Chowdhury
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


One of the human rights problems confronting developing nations, although in this respect these nations may be no different from others, is how best to protect indigenous peoples. In many parts of Latin America the national push for economic growth has led to hardship for many Indian groups, just as the same dialectic played itself out in North America during the last century. This problem of how to promote the overall national good while also protecting the internationally recognised rights of groups within the nation arises in the 1980s with particular saliency in Bangladesh.


Central Government Indigenous People International Labour Organisation Local Autonomy Armed Resistance 
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    See the report of the 2nd General Assembly of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples held at Kruna, Samiland, in Sweden, 24–27 August 1977. See also Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Indians of the Americas and Human Rights and Self-Determination (London: Zed Books, 1984) pp. 52–4.Google Scholar
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