Bangladesh: Information since 1990 on the Barva (possibly a tribe, clan or caste) from the Chittagong area, including their location, whether they are all Buddhist, and on whether they face any discrimination or harassment from the authorities, police or local population
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 October 1997|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BGD28186.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bangladesh: Information since 1990 on the Barva (possibly a tribe, clan or caste) from the Chittagong area, including their location, whether they are all Buddhist, and on whether they face any discrimination or harassment from the authorities, police or local population, 1 October 1997, BGD28186.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab1450.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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Information on the Barva tribe, clan or caste from the Chittagong area could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
However, there is a Bara language branch spoken by some of Bangladesh's ethnic groups. According to Kibriaul Khaleque's article "Ethnic Communities of Bangladesh" in the October 1995 publication Bangladesh: Land, Forest and Forest People, the Bara (or Bodo) branch of the Tibeto-Burmese language family is spoken by the Garo, Hajong, Koch, Mrong, Rajbansi, Tipra and other smaller ethnic communities, such as the Dalu, Hadi, Kachari (kacari), Mikir, Paliya, Pathor, and Riang (Khaleque Oct. 1995, 15).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Khaleque, Kibriaul. October 1995. "Ethnic Communities of Bangladesh," Bangladesh: Land, Forest and Forest People. Edited by Philip Gain. Dhaka: Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD).
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