The United States condemned the recent attacks on the Hindu community in Bangladesh and said: “Freedom of religion or belief is a human right.
A State Department spokesperson said, “Freedom of religion or belief is a human right. Everyone in the world, regardless of their religious affiliation or belief, should feel safe and supported to celebrate important holidays. “
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“The State Department condemns recent reports of attacks on the Hindu community in Bangladesh,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, a member of the Bangladeshi Hindu community, Pranesh Halder, urged the department “to ensure that no further harm is done to besieged Hindus in Bangladesh.”
He urged US-based watch groups and news houses to stress the gravity of the violence in Bangladesh.
The Bangladeshi Hindu diaspora staged a protest outside the country’s embassy here on Sunday to protest the large-scale violence that has led to the destruction of Hindu homes and temples during Durga Puja festivities across Bangladesh.
“It is particularly horrifying to see the last remaining Hindus in Noakhali being attacked in this way, 75 years after the Islamists demanded the creation of Pakistan, killed 12,000 Hindus and forcibly converted 50,000 to Islam in October 1946” said Utsav Chakrabarti, executive director of HinduPACT, a US-based Hindu advocacy group.
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According to HinduPACT, indigenous Hindus continue to be the target of organized hatred and discrimination in Bangladesh, a country where the minority population has steadily declined from 28% in the 1940s to 9% today.
“This recent wave of violence confirms the danger that indigenous Hindus continue to face. Fifty years after nearly 2.8 million of them were killed and another 10 million became destitute and became refugees by the Pakistani army in 1971, during the struggle for independence of the Bangladesh, Hindus continue to be targeted for their faith, ”he said.