Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1998
This description of Karuna Moy Chakma's work was prepared when Karuna Moy Chakma was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
Karuna Moy Chakma, the first human rights lawyer from the tribal communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh, has initiated public interest litigation to protect the individual and community rights of indigenous people living in his country. In doing so, he is helping indigenous communities to understand their legal rights and to begin ensuring their enforcement.
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