Jumma Net was established in March, 2002 by volunteers and groups wishing to promote conflict resolution and peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.Jumma Net's activities have three focus areas:
1) Peace promotion activities
Jumma Net has worked with European human rights NGOs to support the re-establishment of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC), comprised of world-renowned experts and European human rights NGO activists in 2008. Jumma Net works with the CHT Commission to monitor the implementation of the 1997 CHT Peace Accord, investigate and draw attention to human rights issues, and make recommendations to the Bangladesh government. Jumma Net is also working to develop a non-partisan grassroots network with citizens of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bengali society, and the international community, and to raise global awareness.
2) Victim support activity
Jumma Net has provided emergency relief to victims of several assault incidents (April 2003, August 2003, April 2006 and May 2008). After the August 2003 Mahalchari incident, rehabilitation support was provided for three years (2004-2006) to 240 families who had suffered particularly severe damage among the 400 families whose homes were burnt down. Jumma Net has also provided support to victims of various incidents, such as a capacity building project (2004-2006) for women of the Garo community whose lands had been grabbed in Modhupur, Tangail district, as well as support of rape victims (2006- present) and scholarships for students traumatized by the conflict (2006-present).
3) Activities to promote awareness and cultural exchange in Japan
Jumma Net tries to inform the Japanese public about the situation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts and to promote peace-building activities through citizens' participation. For instance, "peace missions" have been sent to the CHTs (2005, 2006), meetings have been held with Japanese government officials (every year), support has been provided to Jumma asylum seekers (first Jumma refugee was recognized in Japan in 2007), guests have been invited yearly to Japan for exchange programs, peace studies workshops have been organized and exhibits have been given at the annual International Cooperation Festival (Global Festa).