Discussion on tribal judicial system in NE, Bangladesh held

Shillong, May 10: A delegation of 20 tribal chiefs and government officials of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts and a representative of the United Nations Development Programme attended a traditional knowledge learning and sharing exchange programme with tribal chiefs of the North East on Tuesday.

The programme, which was organised by Sustainable Inclusive Development in Chittagong Hill Tracts and the UNDP office at Dhaka, laid emphasis on the traditional justice system in Meghalaya and Nagaland.


The delegation met L Blah, chairman of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, and Justice S Kharsyiemlieh of KHADC Court for deliberation on various legal matters pertaining to tribal rights over land and forests, customary laws, functions of traditional institutions and a wide range of issues on the provision of laws in India and Bangladesh with reference to similarities and differences that could be improvised for the welfare of the tribal populace on both countries.

Later in the evening, the delegation also met John F Kharshiing, chairman of the Federation of Khasi States for an extended discussion on tribal rights and other political realities among various communities of the North East and tribal areas of Bangladesh.

The delegation is slated to visit Nagaland and meet Tripra Indigenous people organisations also.

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