Plain land indigenous communities of northern districts of Bangladesh are unfortunately subject to multiple forms of violence and exploitation. They suffer from loss of control over their ancestral lands and natural resources, and are on many occasions forcefully evicted by way of fake legal documents. These people are often victims of false case, harassment, verbal and physical assault, threatening, rape, arson, destruction of property, etc.

In response to this context, one of Community Legal Services (CLS) partners, Nagorik Uddyog and Kapaeeng Foundation jointly organised a Public Hearing on ‘Land Rights

and Human Rights Violation of Indigenous Peoples of the Plain Land’ at the CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka on 6 December 2016. The event was supported by CLS as a part of the Proactive Grants (Parbatipur).

A total of 10 cases on land grabbing and related atrocities were presented during the public hearing. A jury team of four members heard the cases of the victims and provided their recommendations for acquiring justice. A total of 94 participants including victims and Ethnic Land Rights Defenders (ELRDs) attended the public hearing.