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Swords into Plowshares is the blog of the Peacemaking Program and the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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June 2, 2013

The Indigenous Peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh

by Brendan Welsh

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logoI attended a side event of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which pertained to Article 30 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: an article addressing military activities on indigenous land. The event focused specifically on the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, home to over  half a million indigenous peoples of varying linguistic, tribal, and racial backgrounds.

Shapan Adnan, of the International CHT Commission, told us that before the 1997 CHT Peace Accord, the Bangladeshi government brought 400,000 non-indigenous people into the CHT in response to regional violence and insurgency. During ...

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April 24, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - April 24

The Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations suggests prayers for:

1. The community of Dhaka, Bangladesh as they grieve for the people killed and wounded in the collapse of an eight- story clothing factory outside the city Tuesday morning that left (as of this date) 87 people killed and over 600 people injured

Learn about Presbyterians at work with our partners in Bangladesh.

2. The people of Guatemala as their former President Efraín Ríos Montt and former intelligence chief José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez stand trial. They are accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity ...

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November 19, 2012

Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma

by Alexander Haines

Map of Burma showing location of RohingyaThe Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Buddhist Burma, have faced systematic discrimination by the government and by the communities in which they live. Many have been denied citizenship, and government officials typically refer to them using pejorative terms. The Rohingya are not respected as native Burmese, and instead are thought of by many as Bengali. Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar have all reported endemic discrimination against Rohingya.

In the past six months ethnic tensions in Arakan (where most Burmese Rohingya ...

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