Mong Marma

Mong Marma is from an Indigenous community in Bangladesh from Chittagong Hills Tract. He has been involved in human rights work since he was a student in Bangladesh, and has continued to be involved in human rights and conflict prevention for Indigenous peoples until now.

His main area of work has been the Chittagong Hills Tract. The most striking concern for Marma are the violations of land rights, for Indigenous peoples. These Indigenous peoples have strong ties with their land, but as a result of settlement and government encroachment in the name of development, it creates a lot of problems on both individual and societal levels. For example, gender-based violations of human rights of indigenous women, which has created high levels of insecurity

Mong believes that both the achievement of human rights and conflict prevention can occur simultaneously. One of the main things that require peace is to address issues affecting indigenous and marginalised people. Recognising their rights better serves the purpose of peacebuilding. Mong gives an example of his work in Chittagong, he was involved with ensuring both Indigenous peoples and government respect and comply with the peace agreements that address Indigenous peoples’ rights.

Mong started with DTP as an intern when he started his Bachelor’s degree, and has been in touch with the program ever since. Mong assisted with DTP’s 18th Annual Regional Human Rights Training Program. His greatest experience with the DTP has been the training he attended for Indigenous peoples in 2008 in Darwin, which assisted with developing his knowledge and skills in the area, such as proper documentation. It also allowed him to connect to other human rights defenders (see video below).

Mong's highlights with the DTP.mp4

Mong believes that DTP’s programs are instrumental in transferring knowledge onto their participants, who in turn are able to transfer this knowledge onto their communities. He has found this very beneficial. However, he sees a need for greater capacity building skills, in order to address their issues and influence the government. He sees a need for more advocacy training by DTP for human rights advocates (see video below).

How DTP can assist others.mp4

 

Profile written July 2016