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The Adivasis of Bangladesh

31 December 1991

Ownership and access to land is an issue of immense importance to tribal and indigenous peoples everywhere. Some indigenous land rights are customary ones, dating back to ‘time immemorial’, some were formalized under colonial rule. Other rights have been lost, disregarded by governments or ignored by the majority community, while tribal lands are often stolen by individual settlers, by government agencies and by pubhc and private companies. The Adivasi – the preferred generic name of the tribal peoples – of Bangladesh are today fighting to retain their already tenuous rights to land.

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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R. W. Timm