Amnesty: Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord (CHT)

D) REHABILITATION, GENERAL AMNESTY AND OTHER MATTERS

16. After the return of all JSS members to normal life general amnesty shall be given to them and the permanent residents who were involved in the activities of the JSS.

Implementation History

1998

Minimum Implementation

 The government did release almost all war prisoners and declared amnesty for all those on the PCJSS troop list who turned in a weapon.

However, given the duration of the conflict, there were over one thousand criminal cases against 2,524 Jumma residents in prison or awaiting trial. In October 1998, the PCJSS turned in a list of 844 cases that should be withdrawn.1

  • 1. Bushra Hasina Chowdhury, “Building Lasting Peace: Issues of the Implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord.” (Unpublished manuscript for the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament, and International Security, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002).
1999

Minimum Implementation

The government continued to review cases against Jumma residents in 1999 but no specific information was found on the number of withdrawn cases.

2000

Minimum Implementation

The government continued to review cases against Jumma residents in 2000 on a case by case basis. No specific information was found on the number of cases withdrawn this year.

2001

Minimum Implementation

No specific information was found on the number of cases withdrawn this year.

2002

Minimum Implementation

Chowdhury reports that, as of 2002, of the roughly one thousand cases involving JSS members in the courts, the government had withdrawn or dismissed 461 cases or 45 percent.2

  • 2. Ibid, 24.
2003

Minimum Implementation

 On 2 December 2003, the Chairman of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, gave a press conference calling on the government withdraw cases remaining in military courts against members of the PCJSS and their relatives."3

  • 3. “Tribal leader demands withdrawal of Bangladeshi camps from Chittagong,” BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, December 3, 2003.
2004

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.