Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
Well known activist James Swapan Peris passed away on Monday 27 May in a West London hospital. He died of kidney failure and brain haemorrhage though he had been ill for a while.
He was a cultural, secular, human rights & community activist involved with various organisations including the Nirmul Committee, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Campaign for the Protection of Religious Minorities in Bangladesh and Secular Bangladesh Movement. He was the General Secretary of the Secular Bangladesh Movement. James Swapan Peris was also a singer and deeply religious person. He was involved with Bengali Christian Fellowship and Bangladesh Christian Association. He devoted a lot of time to his local Salem Baptist Church in Hayes.
James Swapan Peris lived in Southall. He was 47 at the time of his death. He has left behind his seven year old boy and wife Bithi Agnes Peris. In Bangladesh he hails from Atharo Gram, Munshiganj. He cared for people during his life and after his death by making arrangements for his organs to be donated. He will be buried here following the donation of his organs.