9 January 2014
Minorities in Bangladesh continue to face a growing number of threats and attacks before, during and after the country’s elections.Houses, properties and places of worship of minorities (Hindu and Buddhist) are being vandalized, attacked, looted and damaged in Noakhali, Gaibandha, Chittagong, Rangpur, Sylhet, Chapai Nawabganj, Netrakona, Jessore and Lalmonirhat. Our partners in Bangladesh reported that over 150 houses of Hindu minorities in Maloparha alone were attacked and vandalized. Approximately 600 Hindus had to flee from the village and took shelter in Diyapara village to protect themselves. Minorities all over the country are facing such attacks and threats on their lives. It is very likely that they were attacked for casting votes in the 10th national elections. The growing communal attacks on minorities in Bangladesh, especially religious minorities, are extremely alarming and there is a compelling need to find a strong solution to protect their human rights.
The international community and human rights organizations, have urged the government and all the relevant parties in Bangladesh to work for peace and ensure protection of human rights of all, including minorities in the country. Reports from the ground highlight how the situation in the country is worsening by the hour and the human rights of minorities are deteriorating each day.
Accordingly, GHRD strongly condemns the increasingly violent attacks and vandalism against minorities in Bangladesh. We demand that the Bangladeshi government and all political parties in Bangladesh to take all necessary measures to protect all its citizens, to ensure impartial investigations into the incidents and to bring perpetrators to justice. We also urge the international community and other human rights organizations to reiterate the urgency of safeguarding the human rights of minorities in Bangladesh and ensure that the rule of law is upheld in the country.
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