UN AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CONDEMN BANGLADESH VIOLENCE

On Monday, 18 October 2021, the United Nations called the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina to ensure impartial enquiry on the recent violence against the Hindu minorities in the country. Since 13 October, the violence in Bangladesh has been been on the brim against its Hindu minority community during the final days of Durga Pooja. “Recent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, fueled by hate speech on social media, are against the values of the Constitution and need to stop,” Mia Seppo, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh stated.

Along with the UN, non-governmental organisation Amnesty International has also called on the violence as a failure of the state to protect its minorities.  “Such repeated attacks against individuals, communal violence and destruction of the homes and places of worship of minorities in Bangladesh over the years show that the state has failed in its duty to protect minorities”, said Saad Hammadi, the South Asian campaigner of the organisation on Monday.

The United States government’s State Department also put out a statement regarding the undergoing violence. “Every person around the world, regardless of their religious affiliation or belief, should feel safe and supported to celebrate important holidays.”, the statement read.

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