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Bangladeshi minorities condemn Rohingya ethnic cleansing

Demand perpetrators of deadly violence face charges in International Criminal Court
Bangladeshi minorities condemn Rohingya ethnic cleansing

Bangladeshi religious and ethnic minorities stage a protest outside the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sept 14 to condemn deadly violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. (Photo by Robin Bhabuk)


Published: September 18, 2017 05:21 AM GMT
Updated: September 18, 2017 08:14 AM GMT

Thousands of people in Bangladesh, mostly religious and ethnic minorities, protested on the streets of Dhaka to condemn ongoing deadly violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

A coalition of 19 religious and ethnic minority organizations that included the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Bangladesh Minorities Rights Forum, Bangladesh Buddhist Federation, Bangladesh Christian Association and Bangladesh Adivasi Forum staged the rally outside the National Press Club.

"The world painfully watches as Myanmar continues its genocidal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims as well as Hindus," said Rana Dasgupta, a Hindu Supreme Court lawyer and secretary of National Coordination Committee of Religious and Ethnic Minorities Organizations.

"We condemn this bloodthirsty campaign as a crime against humanity and appeal to international community to hold Myanmar accountable and lay war crimes charges against the perpetrators in the International Criminal Court," Dasgupta added.

Ashoke Barua, former secretary of the Bangladesh Buddhist Federation said violence against Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar is a blow to Buddhist philosophy of peace and tolerance.

"We call for an end to conflict in Rakhine because the atrocities committed against the Rohingya are totally against the teaching of Buddha," Barua said.




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