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  • What youth in India want

    August 17, 2016

    This International Labour Organization short film was shot on location in six different parts of India in Mizoram, Kerala, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, to

  • Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

    August 09, 2016

    Muslim-majority Bangladesh has some 3 million ethnic minority people belonging to some 45 indigenous tribal groups, largely concentrated in the southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts and in the plains of the north and northeast. Their distinctive language, colorful clothes, food, cultural heritage, rites and rituals easily identify them as distinct from the ethnic Bengali people who account for more than 99 percent of the population. Indigenous people are largely Buddhists and Hindus, while some still follow indigenous religions. Some indigenous groups such as the Garo, Khasia, Tripura, Santal and Oraon have also embraced Christianity. The Bangladeshi Constitution guarantees equal rights and opportunities to all citizens, however, many indigenous people face neglect, discrimination, abuse, torture and deaths at the hands of influential ethnic Bengali Muslims over land disputes. The United Nations' International Day of the World's Indigenous People is observed every Aug. 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world's indigenous population. ( photos by Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario)