ICHRRF Hearings on Human Rights Violations in Bangladesh

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Human rights are fundamental and inalienable rights which is essential for life as a human being. They are possessed by every human being, irrespective of his or her nationality, race, religion, sex, etc, simply because he or she is a human being.

They are based on mankind’s increasing demand for a life in which the inherent dignity and worth of each human being will receive respect and protection.

The violation of these fundamental rights is not new and has been being practiced from the early history of human civilization. However, that does not justify how certain groups of people are stripped of their basic rights to live as human beings.

In countries like Bangladesh, people are still less aware of their fundamental rights, though they are the worst suffers of the violation of these rights.

In an aim to protect the people who are oppressed in Bangladesh, the International Commission for Human Rights and Religious Freedom (ICHRRF) conducted a special open hearing on the current threats and challenges faced by non-Muslim minorities in Bangladesh.

The Hearing was held virtually and participants based in Bangladesh, the US and Europe participated and testified before the Committee.

ICHRRF is a US-based non-profit focused on promoting human rights and religious and philosophical freedom.

The following witnesses submitted evidence and provided testimony under an oath administered by ICHRRF’s Legal Counsel Mr. Hardam Tripathi, Esq: Dr. Richard Benkin, Mr. Utsav Chakraborti, Prof. Chandan Sarkar, Mr. Dipan Mitra, Ms. Aarti Agarwal, Prof. Dwijen Bhattacharjya.

These are some of the most knowledgeable individuals who have been working assiduously for the cause of Bangladesh’s religious minorities.

The Hearings were chaired by renowned professor of Law, Prof. Ved Nanda, and co-chaired by Dr. Adityanjee, President of ICHRRF.

Bangladesh has made the headlines several times this year for large-scale riots and mob attacks on the country’s minorities, particularly the dwindling Hindu minority.

Rohingya Hindu refugees stranded in Bangladesh, almost completely ignored by the international media, are also being harassed, molested and denied assistance by locals and authorities.

While ICHRRF has published a paper on the plight of Bangladesh’s Hindu, Buddhist and Christian minorities and reports on the Hindu Rohingya (2017, 2020), international Human Rights bodies appear to have turned a blind eye to these victims or rationalized this upward trend in violence.

Dr. Richard Benkin has characterized the United States Commission on Religious Freedom (USCIRF) as a deeply flawed organization. The violence this year marks an escalation in the decades-long spasmodic ethnic cleansing of non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, which began after its partition from India as part of East Pakistan and continued unabated after its separation from Pakistan in 1971.

This Hearing by ICHRRF was roundly appreciated by Bangladeshi asylees and the Bangladeshi Hindu, Buddhist and Christian diaspora.