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Bangladesh violence: UN, Amnesty International condemn attacks on Hindus

The United Nations on Monday called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ensure an impartial inquiry into the recent attacks on people of the Hindu community in the country, The Hindu reported.

Bangladesh has witnessed a spell of violence against Hindus since October 13 following social media posts about the alleged desecration of the Quran in a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla district.

“Recent attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh, fueled by hate speech on social media, are against the values of the Constitution and need to stop,” UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo said on Monday. “…We call upon all to join hands to strengthen inclusive tolerant Bangladesh.”

Non-government organisation Amnesty International also expressed concern about the attacks. In a statement, the organisation’s South Asia Campaigner Saad Hammadi said that the attacks in Bangladesh are symptomatic of a “growing anti-minority sentiment in the country”.

“Such repeated attacks against individuals, communal violence and destruction of the homes and places of worship of minorities in Bangladesh over the years show that the state has failed in its duty to protect minorities,” Hammadi said.

Amnesty International urged Bangladesh authorities to take urgent steps to protect minorities against such attacks and ensure access to justice.

The United States government also condemned attacks on the minority community in Bangladesh, PTI reported…

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