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"We want justice, we want justice," was the chant heard from a crowd of over 300 demonstrators, mostly of Bengali origin, on Wednesday in front of the White House. The rally, organized by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC) and

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Beth S (330)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:39 pm

Bangladesh Hindus Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2013) – ”We want justice, we want justice,” was the chant heard from a crowd of over 300 demonstrators, mostly of Bengali origin, on Wednesday in front of the White House. The rally, organized by the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC) and the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), urged the United States government to use its influence to stop the rampant persecution of Hindus and other religious minorities in Bangladesh.

Many of the participants spoke of their first hand experience with persecution they endured during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence and the ongoing violent campaigns that have occurred since.

“The recent tragedies faced by the Hindu community of Bangladesh are reflective of the violent attacks that we faced in 1971 and again in 2001,” said Sitanghsu Guha, an advisor to BHBCUC. “In a report presented to Congress, Senator Ted Kennedy shed invaluable light on the targeting of Bangladesh’s Hindu community during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

There are details of the tremendous loss of life, hundreds of thousands of women raped, and the nearly ten million people displaced. It is in that spirit that we urge the U.S. government to offer its support to Bangladesh in this critical time. If the U.S. fails to act now, there may be no Hindus left in Bangladesh.”

Protesters arrived in chartered buses from New York, New Jersey, Georgia, and as far as California to join local DC area residents. Recent months have seen a sharp rise in violence perpetrated against Hindus, Buddhists, Ahmadi Muslims, Christians, and atheists in Bangladesh by Islamist groups after the first of three Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leaders was convicted for committing war crimes during the country’s 1971 War of Independence from Pakistan. JeI and other groups are widely believed to have instigated the current spate of violence.

“The situation in Bangladesh is getting worse by the day. The demands of the protesters to President Obama and American lawmakers to stop the violence in Bangladesh are urgent for not only the safety of Bangladeshis, but U.S. security interests in the region.” said Jay Kansara, HAF Associate Director.

“Bangladesh has witnessed increasing religious fundamentalism for decades to the demise of all its minority communities who have bore the brunt of violent attacks and killings.”

Earlier in the day, a small delegation of leaders from BHBCUC and HAF met with Congressional offices to request a hearing on the persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

The delegation also requested groups perpetrating violence against religious minorities in Bangladesh, like the Jamaat-e-Islami and its affiliates, be put on U.S. designated terrorist lists.


Lee Hampton (15)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:41 pm

Whatever minority you are, Islam is after you, anywhere in the world.

pam w (139)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:14 pm matter WHAT the US does....Obama will be denigrated.

Stan B (123)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:36 am
Minorities living in most Muslim countries need protection.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 6:02 am
How much proof, how much evidence can be ignored before SOMEONE wakes up and realizes just what is happening every day in the REAL world???
What else can say???

Ira Herson (13)
Friday June 14, 2013, 8:51 am
There is no excuse for murder. Religion is no excuse. It is unfortunate that there was a partition of India into the geopolitical absurdity that created Islamic states. I of course agree with the postings here.
I hope the USA could do something but I do not know what!

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:25 am
Shouldn't they be appealing to India as Bangladesh was once part of it or would India interfere with Pakistan on its western front and China to its north?

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday June 14, 2013, 10:26 am
noted Beth!!!! its really cruel!!!! its not excuse for this!!!!I hope this situation change!!!!!thx for the article!!!!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 11:25 am
Islam wants to rule the world its as simple as that and every other religion or sect is in danger but no one is listening Time they started doing something

jan b (5)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:44 pm
This culture is full of serial liars.....they claim they are "peaceful" they totally disrespect women and the worst of it is that they are violent, cruel and evil.

Malgorzata Z (198)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:53 pm
Nikt nie powinien być prześladowany - kochaj bliźniego jak siebie samego - szkoda, że w islamie to nie obowiązuje.

Mike M (40)
Friday June 14, 2013, 12:54 pm
Unfortunately Islam has grown to be a massive number of people and no matter what the America did it would cause a radical war around the world. It would just be easier to launch all the nukes and just let whom ever survives start over. Because it would a culling of the world no matter what you did.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:09 pm
Why do the book religions always think they can push pagans around?

Beth S (330)
Friday June 14, 2013, 1:57 pm

Zgadzam się. Islam chroni i troszczy się o islamie tylko. I nawet wtedy, w islamie wiele Muzułmanie wierzą, tych z innych sekt są również cele dla dżihadu. Dzięki za mówienia.

Birgit W (160)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:09 pm
All religions should be gone. This would bring us far more peace and freedom into our lives.

. (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 2:18 pm
Like so many European countries, their government does not have a clue on how to protect the innocent.

Jo S (619)
Friday June 14, 2013, 3:39 pm
Noted Beth, thank you. This is such a disturbing situation, I know these people really need help quickly!

David Menard (43)
Friday June 14, 2013, 3:40 pm
If Islam calls itself a religion of peace I wonder what their Idea of a violent religion is?They can call their religion peaceful all they want but it doesn't make it so.

Sara V (0)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:05 pm
I don't understand. The United States are broke, overextended, and have a history of remaining anywhere they've ever been involved militarily. Justice is wonderful, but there is none that will come from the White House.

Barbara V (51)
Friday June 14, 2013, 4:22 pm
And in THIS country, we need protection from the Christian fundamentalists; i.e., the Right Wing. It's a pity when one religious group threatens or works against those of other faiths.

Scott haakon (4)
Friday June 14, 2013, 7:08 pm
Simple way fight back buy guns and ammo. Just that simple. These fights are going on all over the world. People must learn to save themselves.

Billie C (2)
Friday June 14, 2013, 8:40 pm
obama is going to do nothing about muslims taking over whole areas of the world. in his own words he will always stand for islam. he could care less about anybody else. the non-muslim countries need to band together and push with all the force they can bring muslims back into a few muslim only countries. then keep them there. make sure any weapons that can be sent outside of those areas are gotten rid of. if it takes a nuke fine let them live in the waste. muslims prove over and over they can't and won't live with others time to stop letting them take over and lie that they want to.

Hilary S (65)
Friday June 14, 2013, 9:49 pm
how many people in how many countries cry out that they are being trampled by increasingly violent muslim attacks. it's growing like a virus.

Nancy Crouse (5)
Friday June 14, 2013, 9:53 pm
Christians believe it or not, are the most persecuted religious group in the world. Wherever Muslims are they will silence, convert or kill the minority religions. Even if a non-Muslim group is larger, Muslims will take over until the other religions are non-existent.
Since its inception Islam's only purpose is to take over the world and they will if the rest of us do not have the balls to stand up to and against them or Islam will take over. They emmigrate to other countries and set out to multiply by men having multiple wives especially in countries like Canada which have laws against polygamy. but, they don't care about any country's laws but their own. They have sharia law and that is what they observe. The faster they procreate the quicker they will outnumber other religions.
Take a look around the world and wherever there is conflict or war, Muslims are always involved. They say they are a peaceful people but history and current events contradict that myth.
Rather than sending our people over to Muslim countries to help quell the problems, please let them implode, self-destruct and save our own people from being killed or maimed.
I really don't like having to say all of this but we are now fighting for our own survival. It is time to limit the number of Muslim immigrants into Canada and the rest of the western world. If we do not, we will lose our heritage and religion. As a Christian I am fearful for the future of my religion, will we be wiped out? We are still the largest religion but as I stated at the beginning of my comment, we are the most persecuted. We have been too accomodating to a fault. Time to buck up and fight back.

Jennifer Ward (40)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:24 am
One thing you can always count on- Muslims will claim to be the 'victims'.

S S (0)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:21 am
Thank you.

berny p (23)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 4:46 am

IF US do something...they will be blame...IF they dont...they will be blame.....
same for the rest of the world!±




Inge B (202)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:10 am
Make Love not Hate
Make Peace not War
Try to Understand
Listen to Mahatma Gandhi

Beth S (330)
Saturday June 15, 2013, 9:11 pm

What you say is true. Christians have replaced the Jewish people statistically as the most persecuted, and you are right, it's Islam doing the persecuting. Wherever Islam is, others are being horribly persecuted by it. I say Amen to what you said. Thanks for speaking out.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 5:11 am
Kill Islam...and we free ourselves. Thx Beth

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday June 16, 2013, 10:11 am
Bigotry and intolerance; the ugly face of organised religion...

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