Child Rights Practice among the Indigenous Communities in Bangladesh

M. Rezaul Islam*, Bhabatash Nath, Stefan Cojocaru, Md Rabiul Islam

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The objective of this article was to explore the practice of child rights among the indigenous communities of Bangladesh. We used a mixed method approach to collect data from four ethnic communities in the Bandarban District of the Chittagong Division in Bangladesh. We questioned children, parents, community members, local leaders, and service providers of those communities on a number of child rights issues, for example, child education, child labor, child recreation and culture, parents' guidance to children for capacity development, and access to child rights at home and in the community according to Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty. The results showed that while the community was aware of child rights, financial vulnerability and a lack of social support meant that these rights could not be upheld in practice. The paper urges improvement of social support, including income generation activities for indigenous communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalAsian Social Work and Policy Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bangladesh
  • Child rights
  • Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs)
  • Indigenous community
  • Poverty

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