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Caritas trains people to fight social injustice

Bangladesh tribal people learn how to defend themselves legally

Caritas trains people to fight social injustice
Tribal people attend a Caritas training course on leadership, human rights and good governance at Mymensingh
Sumon Nongmin, Mymensingh

January 31, 2011

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Caritas Bangladesh’s Mymensingh office is empowering local tribal people to make a stand against social injustice by teaching them about leadership, human rights and good governance. Two of the northeastern office’s local development branches, the Protection and Establishing Rights on Land of Adivasi in Mymensingh (PERLAM) and the Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) organized the training program for 75 people Jan. 25-27. Participants came from various ethnic tribal groups in the area. The training was aimed at helping people defend their rights regarding ongoing land problems, violence against women, human trafficking and navigating bureaucracy. “Ethnic tribal and minority religious groups face many problems but don’t know how to go about resolving them,” said one participant Proshanto Ruram, an NGO worker. “For example, I now know who I have to go to if I have a land problem,” he added. Another participant Dipali Hajong, a tribal Hindu Hajong and school teacher said she is now much more aware of her legal rights. “As a minority we sometimes face persecution from the majority. This training has shown us to whom we can turn to get legal assistance,” she told Caritas PERLAM-MJF trainer Osman Goni, explained why the program was so important for local tribal people. “Tribal people in Mymensingh often don’t know who to turn to when they fall victim to social injustice. Many feel helpless and vulnerable,” Goni said. This training will help participants take control of their lives better, get proper documentation and know which officials to see to claim their rights. About half Bangladesh’s approximate 400,000 Catholics are tribal people.   Related reports Caritas binds NGOs to joint push for justice   BA13081.1639
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