ILO celebrates the International Indigenous Peoples' Day

A book launching programme was organized by ILO Office in Bangladesh in cooperation with the Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on 10 August 2009.

A book launching programme was organized by ILO Office in Bangladesh in cooperation with the Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People on 10 August 2009 at WVA Auditorium, House # 16, Road # 27, Dhanmondi, Dhaka (4pm-6pm).

Dr Dipu Moni, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh was present as the chief guest and Mr Dipankar Talukder, Honourable State Minister, Ministry of CHT Affairs and Mr Mahbubey Alam, Attorney General for Bangladesh were present as special guests in the programme. A panel of experts discussed the review book, followed by an open discussion.

The book titled, ‘’The ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Populations (No. 107) and the Laws of Bangladesh: A Comparative Review’’, is an outcome of an independent study carried out by Barrister Raja Devasish Roy, a prominent advocate in Supreme Court of Bangladesh and internationally renown expert on indigenous peoples issue, being commissioned by ILO.

It is hoped that the study report and its clear recommendations will provide a useful resource for government officials, the ILO and its constituents, development agencies, political leaders, indigenous peoples and their organizations, and others who are concerned with the complex issues facing indigenous peoples in Bangladesh and across the world today. The ILO, with its mandate to promote social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, remains committed to promoting the rights and improving the socio-economic situation of indigenous and tribal peoples, in compliance with the principles of relevant ILO Conventions.