The situation of religious minorities, violence against Hindus and atrocities on Santal indigenous people has not changed or improved in Bangladesh. Since late October, government has hardly acted against the identifiable criminals and to prevent atrocities against Santals and Hindu minorities – let alone rehabilitation of the people who were faced with genocide in their ancestors’ land. We stand with the victims and survivors in Santal villages. We echo the voices of Hindu victims and support the Santal resilence. We call upon everyone to take action by following the advice of our friends at Secular Bangladesh Movement and Swadhinota Trust. Below is a call out for action that we reproduced from Swadhinota Trust listserve, issued on 10 Dec 2016 World Human Rights Day by the Swadhinata Trust, Nirmul Committee with the support of the Network of Social Change.
We are extremely concerned at the recent atrocities against Hindu community in Brahmanbaria in October and against Santals in Gaibandha in November. These attacks have provoked new fears amongst minority religious communities in Bangladesh.
It is beyond the capacity of the small groups of individuals or communities under sustained attack to assert their rights against very powerful political movements and land grabbers. We therefore need political, moral and, most importantly, immediate financial support from people from across the world who are concerned about this terrifying situation. We hope the vision of a common humanity will prevail over this terrible situation and that help reaches the beleaguered victims as soon as possible.
Things you can do to support
Speak out about the plight of religious minorities of Bangladesh with friends, families, neighbours and colleagues to increase awareness
|Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister’s Office
Old Sangsad Bhaban
Via facsimile: +880 2 8113244; +880 2 8111015
|your local MP, urging the UK govt to take the issue up with Bangladesh government http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
Contact lobbying organisations
1 Easton Street, London, WC1X 0DW
Fax number: +44-20-79561157
|Human Rights Watch
Support organisations working in Bangladesh
|Secular Bangladesh Movement UK
Unit 1, Ground Floor Retail Unit, Fondant Court, Payne Road , London E3 2SP United Kingdom
International Forum for Secular Bangladesh, UK
International Centre for Community Development
Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities
London Metropolitan University
166/220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB
Issued on 10 Dec 2016 World Human Rights Day by the Swadhinata Trust, Nirmul Committee with the support of the Network of Social Change