Religious Minorities in Bangladesh Living in Fear

Minorities living in fear

ICC Note:

Amidst 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.

12/5/2013 Bangladesh (Daily Star)- Religious minorities and the indigenous people of the country are living in utter fear and uncertainty during the ongoing political violence, said Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad, and Bangladesh Adivasi Forum yesterday.
Amidst the din of politics across the country, the communal forces are attacking the minorities, burning their houses, and destroying their temples and properties, they added.
At a press conference held at Jatiya Press Club in the capital, they alleged that the attacks were a part of a conspiracy to drive the minorities out of the country.
“While the communal forces are continually attacking the minorities, the state is repeatedly failing to protect them,” said Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the parishad.
He regretted that the government had not ensured exemplary punishment for the perpetrators who attacked the minority communities in different areas, including Pabna, Barisal and Lalmonirhat.
He also urged the UN, European Union and all the international human rights organisations to save the, who turned his home into a mosque with an unapproved minaret. He has also been fined.

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