Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) organized a protest on 22nd September 2018 before the United Nations in Geneva to focus international attention on the persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan.
A group of over 100 protestors participated in a march through the center of Geneva city. The protestors assembled at 10:00 in the morning at the city center, wearing black shirts which boldly proclaimed “Protect Pakistani Christians”. The march began in the city center, moved past the train station and through the central business district of Geneva. The protestors then briefly halted by Lake Geneva.
The protestors helped raise awareness about the plight of Christians in Pakistan. Curious onlookers and citizens were informed about the serious violations against religious minorities in Pakistan. Specific references were made to the unjust Blasphemy laws and the Asia Bibi case. Individuals were educated about the gross violations of freedom of religion and belief, and the need for the international community to take action.
The gathering was joined by the dignitaries, Dr. Mario Silva, executive chairman of IFRAS, Mr. Henry Malosse, former president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Mr. Tomas Zdechovsky, Member of European parliament, Mr. Benjamin Blanchar, Director of SOS Chretiens d’Orient and Mr. Gyorgy Holvenyi, Member of European Parliament.
The protestors then made their way towards the Palace of Nations. The crowd assembled before the broken chair monument, which stands as a reminder of the dangers posed by landmines and cluster bombs. It also symbolizes the impact of NGOs in lobbying for change at the international level.
The participants gathered together at a tent set up in front of the Place of Nations for a formal meeting. Dr. Mario Silva coordinated the program and spoke out against the misuse of the Blasphemy law in Pakistan to target members of religious minorities. He also spoke about the need to address the issues immediately since the situation is worsening every day. Mr. Benjamin Blanchar stated he had visited Pakistan and was appalled at condition of religious minorities who were forced to work as slave labour. Moreover, minorities they faced discrimination in areas of employment and education.
Mr. Henry Malosse criticized the hypocrisy of the Pakistani government which, on one hand seeks economic and free trade benefits from the European union, but on the other hand, does respect human dignity, human rights or rule of law, the fundamental values of the European union. Mr. Tomas Zdechovsky and Mr. Gyorgy Holvenyi emphasized that the European union needs to apply pressure on the Pakistani government in order to ensure that rights of minorities are protected.
The event also had various members of the minority community speaking out against the serious human rights violations they faced. The coordinator briefly spoke about other methods which could be used in order to raise international awareness about the situation in Pakistan. The event culminated with a note of thanks for the organizers.
A Tribal schoolgirl of Hindu root was murdered allegedly after rape in Dighinala upazila of Khagrachhari on Saturday (28/07/2018).
Kirttika Tripura Purna, 9, was a class-IV student at Noimail Government Primary School in the upazila. Locals said Kirttika left school for her home in Noilmail area during the lunch break on Saturday. However, when her mother Onumoti Tripura, a farmer, returned home from work in the evening, Kirttika was not there.
There was no one else in that house. Kirttika’s father died in a road accident nearly five years ago.Worried sick, the mother searched almost every house in the village but did not find her daughter.
Moreover, the school authorities informed her mother that Kirttika Tripura never returned school after the afternoon break. Later, with the help of Dighinala Police, Kirttika’s dead body was found dumped in a bush within 150-feet of the victim’s residence at Tapan Karbari Para.
According to local sources, a truck was parked in front of her house, with 3/4 Bengali men glancing piercingly at her. The victim’s mother went to jhum cultivation and no one was at home during that time. The victim’s mother found her daughter missing after returning home from work in the evening. Then she started searching for her daughter. Later she spotted some bloods in the bushes near their house. Later the victim’s dead body found laying on the grass, with her clothes ripped and body all battered. The perpetrators raped her, slit her throat and vagina, stabbed in her arms, face and all over her body with knife and penetrated her anus with sticks.
On 29 July 2018, Onumoti Tripura, mother of the deceased lodged a complainant with Dighinala Police Station against some suspect people (accused of rape and murder) under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act. The filing case number is 4. Dighinala Police have been arrested 3 suspects in connection with the rape and killing of Kirttika Tripura on 30 July 2018 from Boalkhali area of Dighinala. The detainees are 1) Shah Alam (33), son of late Md. Mobarak; 2) Nazrul Islam Bandari (32) son of Md. Jalal Uddin and 3) Monir Hossain (38) son of Fazar Ali. However, the remaining perpetrators are still at large.
The Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh between August 25 and February 11 in 2017. According to official estimates, at least 523 people belonging to 165 Hindu families have entered Bangladesh since last August. The refugee Hindu Rohingya families mostly women and children whose husbands and fathers have been slaughtered by covered Mask Goons in Myanmar. There are 122 people have been slaughtered by the Blacked Covered Mask People. The People didn’t do anything for the Ritual duty for their ill fated relatives. Global Human Rights Defence and Dhaka based Research and Empowerment Organization-REO are working for Hindu Rohingyas in Bangladesh and did ritual duty for ill fated Hindu Rohingya.
According to the survey reports, he told us that there are 523 Hindu Rohngya passing the miserable lives in the camp. Previously, ALL were shelter in a small chicken farm’s owned by the Jogodish and Sawpan Sharma. Now they shifted to the adjoin places where the government allocated a land.
The report prevails that the government providing for 25kg Rice, 2 Litre oils and 2 kg Potatoes per family per month. However, 2500 Masque and Madrasha is made by the government and local Islamic group Hafajot Islam in Bangladesh for the Muslim Rohingyas but there is no any worship for the Hindu Rohingya. Even no one can do anything for them. “Covered Mask Muslim Rohingyas who actually have bullied and massacred the Hindu Rohingya males and now pressure rising Hindu women to convert and marry them, are enjoying global attention, sympathy, support, and rehabilitation in every possible way; but the Hindu Rohingyas have become a neglected entity by the Global Human Rights bodies and the Hindu organizations too”. The situations of Hindu Rohingyas are worsening and now it's becoming unmanageable to handle the daily expenses to feed and sustain a livelihood for the Hindu families. The government provides 25 kg Rice, 2 Kg Dal, 2 litre iol and 2 kg Potatoes.
“They shot my husband and laws including everyone in front of eyes. The Mask covered people killed and telling marry us and convert to Islam, I agreed to save my life. They took me into the jungle for 2 days. After this covered man brings me to Bangladesh said, Anika Dhar.
Anika Dhar a resident of Chikarjuri, Hindu area in Fakirbazaar, Myanmar- said “I lost my husband; the Black mask covered people slaughtered my husband in front of me. 24 days have gone but I didn’t do anything for the ritual funeral for my husband even I am pregnant for six months who will give me shelter as well my children”- She is crying.
Promila Shil told to us “I lost everyone in my family. The Muslim goons slaughtered my laws, brothers-in-laws including 6 members of my family. Somehow I managed myself with my son and fled to Bangladesh”.
The children and young girls are affected much. Orphaned Kishore Kumar, Tarpan Shil, Palash Shil are rescued two days back from different camps at Kutupalong. The young Hindu girls also rescued from Muslim camps with the help of local Hindu people.
However, 12 Hindu girls have been raped in Bangladesh by the Muslims even army men do not behave well of the Hindus Rohingya. Even few Islamic groups are working and trying to convert Hindu Rohingya to Islam.
However, Islamic few People visited with relief to Hindu Rohingya people but while they are giving to relief to the Hindu Rohingya, they are inviting them to convert to Islam.
Human rights activist and President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, Naveed Walter is honored with Human Rights Award a mark of recognition by international human rights organization Global Human Rights Defence.
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