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Friday, December 6th, 2013
midst the violent political unrest in Bangladesh religious minorities are living in constant fear. Communal forces have been attacking the homes and places of worship of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists. As the government fails to protect the minorities some say this is an attempt to wipe religious minorities from the map.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
A committee consisting of political leaders, Muslim elders and an elected local government official has formed to end Christian activities in a community in Bangladesh. They have so far stopped the construction of a church, even prompting a protest via mosque announcement that gathered over 1,000 Muslims to protest the building. One committee member said, “This is the second time Christians are trying to ruffle a few feathers in our Islamic society. Ten years ago some Christians tried similarly to convert some Muslims here, but we beat those Christians and they left this place forever.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Muslim extremists are extending their protestation of the current government. They are demanding stricter Islamic law in the nation. “The people continue to be victims of the strikes…the situation will worsen in the future…”
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
Persecution of Christians continues in Bangladesh. Sadly, Government officials stopped a group of Christians from constructing a church building, forcing them to worship in a mosque. The believers were also threatened that if they did not leave Christianity and convert back to Islam that they would be kicked out of their village.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Police in Bangladesh recently discovered that a Madrassa in the Chittagong area was used to manufacture bombs. Some of these bombs exploded on Monday, killing one and injuring six others. The Madrassa, similar to the ones to which Christian children were trafficked to (and rescued by ICC), was run by an “Islamic fundamentalist group that is very active in Bangladesh.”
Friday, October 4th, 2013
A group of Christians in Bangladesh, who converted from Islam to Christianity are in effect being terrorized by the local government. Their church building construction has been halted because it is “un-Islamic” and at least one believer was told that if he did not accept Islam, they would “beat me, burn my house, and evict me from the society.”
Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Extremist Muslim groups are gaining power in Bangladesh and upcoming elections have left minorities, especially Christians, nervous. If they win, the Islamic parties desire to rule with Sharia law will bring an obvious increase in discrimination and persecution of Christians and women in particular.
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
As Islamist militants press their attacks against Catholic Christians in north-west Bangladesh, the government needs to take swift action to ensure the safety of the minority community.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
A wave of violence has erupted in Bangladesh following an Islamic leader being sentenced to 90 years in prison. The former president of Jamaat-e-Islami, an active and relatively dangerous Islamic Party, Ghulam Azam was spared the death sentence due to his old age—he’s 91. Azam has been charged with “murder, torture of unarmed people, conspiracy, incitement and complicity in genocide.” His followers are enraged and this leaves us to wonder if they will begin to focus their rage on religious minorities as they continue their “grab” for political power in the country.
Sunday, July 14th, 2013
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has swept the elections in every city where it took place. This party is backed by Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party that organized violent strikes across Bangladesh demanding a blasphemy law and stricter Islamic rulings. We must watch and wait for the upcoming elections which are now shrouded in uncertainty. If an Islamist backed BNP gains sole power in Bangladesh, will things get worse for Christians and other minority groups?
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Against the setting of rising social turmoil and a weakened political framework, attacks against Christians in Bangladesh are increasing, even as the nation cries out for the government to quickly discover its political will.
Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Due to the recent rash of attacks on Christians one village is enjoying the protection of at least 30 police. While this is good, the uptake in attacks against religious minorities, first the Buddhists and now the Christians, by Muslim radicals is not a good sign. Couple that with extreme poverty and, as this article says, “Bangladesh is a powder keg.”
Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
“A court in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sentenced 10 Islamic militants to death for assisting a disguised suicide bomber who killed eight people near a courthouse in November 2005. The men sentenced to death by hanging are members of the banned organization Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh -- Assembly of Holy Warriors, bdnews24.com reported.” While the government holding these men accountable for their actions is a good thing, the rising trend of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh, and the government’s failure to curb it, is of great concern—especially as it applies to the continued persecution of Christians and other religious minorities.
Monday, June 17th, 2013
It’s a win for Islamists as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won 60% of the vote in all the cities holding municipal elections. This comes on the heels of the strikes sponsored by Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and Hefajat-e-Islam ("Protector of Islam") that resulted in violence, bloodshed and death. Persecution of Christians is on the rise in Bangladesh.
Friday, June 7th, 2013
A mob of 60 Islamic extremists broke into a seminary in the of the diocese of Dinajpur, in northern Bangladesh. They broke down the doors, “poured” into the compound and violently beat the rector and seminary students who were present. In other parts of the compound the extremists blocked the exits, keeping the young seminary students inside and “beat them with violence and brutality.” Waves of violence at the hands of Islamic extremists have increased in the last few months. If the government does not punish the attackers and gain control of the extremists things will only get worse for religious minorities, including Christians.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
(ICC)-International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that the rescuers of Christian children taken captive by Islamic traffickers in Bangladesh are being accused of forcefully converting the children to Christianity.
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Members of the Islamist extremist group Hefazat-e-Islam are accusing Christians and missionaries of forcibly converting people to Christianity. “Most Christian missionaries are converting people by offering money among the poor people to give them a leg-up,” said a spokesperson. “Once the poor people take money, the missionaries put pressure on them to be converted. That is why we are protesting – to stop missionaries converting [people].” Hefazat-e-Islam has been violently protesting in the streets of Dhaka, demanding a strict blasphemy law, resulting in death and injury to many. Their accusations, say Christians are mere propaganda. “Conversion is not an event in which missionaries give money and people are converted,” said a Reverend in Bangladesh.
Friday, May 17th, 2013
With the persecution of Christians increasing in Bangladesh the World Council of Churches has reached out to believers in the country to express solidarity.
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
In what is an alarming development for Christians in Bangladesh, radical Islamist groups have turned to violence in demonstrations demanding the passage of a new blasphemy law. Blasphemy laws are used in Islamic countries around the world to criminalize speaking against the Prophet Muhammad. These often ambigous laws then lead to the open persecution of religious minorities, including Christians. Christian groups in Bangladesh are praying ardently for change in the country, including the failure of any new blasphemy legislation being passed.
Monday, May 6th, 2013
Members of the extremist group, Hefajat-e-Islam marched through the streets of Dhaka yesterday continuing to demand a Blasphemy law in Bangladesh. They attacked the police with machetes in clashes between “hundreds of thousands of Islamists” and police. Twenty-two are dead and hundreds are injured. This Islamist group grew out of Islamic training centers, or madrassas, which are dispersed throughout the country.
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
More than 140 children have been rescued from Islamic training centers (madrassas) in the last nine months, with a majority of the children targeted because of their Christian faith. The females, accounting for nearly half of those rescued, report that they were used for forced labor and sex slavery.
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Despite Bangladesh being a relatively tolerant Islamic nation, the poverty-stricken Christians in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are facing persecution from their communities, neighbors, families and human traffickers.
Friday, April 19th, 2013
The recent spate of Christian children rescued from being sold into madrassas shows that low-income Christian families in Bangladesh are being targeted by human traffickers because of their faith and vulnerability.
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Amid rising political conflict, Bangladeshi Christians are relying on the government to resist the demands of Islamists for the introduction of a new anti-blasphemy law that could inflame Christian persecution.
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
As pressure from radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh increases, so does persecution against minority religious groups including Christians, Buddhists and Hindus. The World Council of Churches’ commission on international affairs sent a delegation to meet with persecuted groups who shared with them that they have been living in “nightmarish” conditions as non-Muslims.
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
With demands of Radical Muslims laid out in Bangladesh, and their ultimatum deadline approaching, Christians wonder what is next for Bangladesh. They say, “Their demands are against the religious rights which are enshrined in the Constitution…If they are met, the religious matrix of the country will be upside down and the country will be on the slippery slope towards hatred and confrontation like Pakistan.”
Friday, April 12th, 2013
As minorities, Christians in Bangladesh are routinely marginalized. The believers who are part of tribes in remote areas also suffer poverty and lack of education. This article shares some of what life is like for them, as well as the glimmers of hope that have been seen since the year 2000.