Kapaeeng Foundation as a human rights orgnasation for indigenous peoples in Bangladesh was established on 1 April 2004 with the view to working for promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples of the country. The term ‘Kapaeeng’ is derived from indigenous Khumi language, meaning ‘Rights’. Kapaeeng Foundation is duly registered with the Joint Stock Company and Firms of Commerce Ministry, Government of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.
The vision of Kapaeeng Foundation is to establish a society based on the values of justice, equity and freedom where fundamental freedoms and human rights of indigenous peoples are ensured.
The mission of Kapaeeng Foundation are, among others, to promote and protect the human rights of the indigenous peoples of the country and to conduct advocacy, lobby and campaign programme for the same at local, national, regional and international level; to establish a strong network and partnership with national, regional and international organizations and individuals working on promotion and protection of human rights as well as indigenous peoples rights and to raise the capacity of the indigenous peoples in promoting and protecting the human rights.
Programmes of activities
Kapaeeng Foundation has been working for promotion and protection of human rights of indigenous peoples in Bangladesh. Key programme of activities in promoting and protecting the human rights of indigenous peoples are to conduct lobby and advocacy activities at the local, national, regional and international levels; promotional work on ILO Convention No. 107 and 169 on Tribal and Indigenous Peoples and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), networking and strengthening relationship between indigenous peoples’ organisations and communities; campaign and urgent appeals etc.
Key activities on Promotion and Protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Bangladesh are-
- Human Rights;
- Land Rights
- Lobby, Campaign and Advocacy;
- Capacity Building;
- Liaison and Networking;
- Research and Publication;
- Documentation and Information Sharing;
- Women’s Rights;
- Fact-Finding and Media Advocacy;
- Legal Aid and Support