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Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad satisfied over Kalyan Front’s statement

However, the organization expresses concern over revealing half the truth about religious minority persecution

Update : 24 Jun 2023, 11:05 PM

The Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad in a statement on Saturday expressed satisfaction that the issue of insecurity of the minorities and the systematic persecution of them was raised in the press conference held on Friday by the Bangladesh Hindu-Baudhha-Christian Kalyan Front.

However, the organization also shared concern over revealing half the truth about religious minority persecution in 15 years under the current Awami League government, but not the time during BNP-Jamaat's tenure. 

“It is sad and unfortunate not to mention the details of the gruesome atrocities committed against the minorities during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government,” the written statement, signed by its General Secretary Advocate Rana Dasgupta, remarked. 

The Oikya Parishad further stressed that it is necessary to take into account not just the partial scenario, but the overall conditions of minorities over the past five decades in independent Bangladesh for the interests and welfare of minorities.

The Bangladesh Hindu-Baudhha-Christian Kalyan Front in a written statement on Friday said that the statements of the US congressmen about the persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh are accurate and the extent of the persecution is even more alarming.

Bijan Kanti Dey, the chairman of the organization, said that recently, six congressmen from the United States sent a letter to US President Joe Biden addressing the persecution of religious minorities, the state of democracy, elections, and the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh.

The letter partially addressed the escalating persecution of religious minorities and their vulnerability, along with the government's flawed election process, the decline of democracy, and increasing human rights violations, he said. 

However, the situation, in the past 15 years under the current government in Bangladesh, has become much more severe than portrayed in the letter, he remarked. 

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