Norwegian Ambassador Sidsel Bleken expressed concern about human rights violations and active discrimination of minorities in Bangladesh. She promised to help and support for ensuring the rights of minorities in Bangladesh.
Norwegian Ambassador mentioned it in the discussion of “The upcoming election of Bangladesh: The fear of the minority, their security and its way out” at her office in Norwegian Embassy at Gulshan, Dhaka on 25 September, Tuesday.
Dipan Mitra, Secretary General of World Hindu Federation – Bangladesh Chapter and Promithias Chowdhury, Editor of “The News” online newspaper, attended to this meeting. Mr. Truls Julian Jaeger, Deputy Head of Mission of Norwegian Embassay, Dhaka was participated to this discussion.
Dipan Mitra described the situation of minorities in Bangladesh. He mentioned that minorities (Hindus) are facing human rights violations and active discrimination in Bangladesh. According to the constitution, every citizen has equal rights, but indeed the practice is quite different. Minorities and Ethnic communities don’t even get equal rights even fair judicial support in many respects. Very often their land-properties are being grabbed and their mandirs (temple) are vandalized.
Norwegian Ambassador suggested to link with different international human rights organizations to stop the violence against minorities and ethnic people in Bangladesh.
Dipan Mitra mentioned that it is common practice in Bangladesh that post parliament election, minorities are facing extreme violence and they are brutally tortured.
He also told, “we are mainly concern about the situation minorities are facing post parliament election. In this regards, we need your support and cooperation for stopping the violence against minorities in Bangladesh in upcoming parliament election”.