Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
Bangladesh government is working hard to promote communal harmony said Md. Shahriar Alam, M.P. Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs to a delegation from the UK based Secular Bangladesh Movement UK (SBM UK) on 2 August at a venue in central London.
The SBM UK delegation led by its President Pushpita Gupta & comprising Advisor Nooruddin Ahmed, Milton Costa of Bangladesh Christian Community UK, SBM UK’s Joint Secretary Atish Saha, Biswajit Baidya, SBM UK’s Executive Member Shumon Das and President of Bangladesh Christian Community UK Leonard Rozario handed in a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who is currently in the UK.
The memorandum was received by the State Minister and the High Commissioner to the UK, Saida Muna Tasneem.
The memorandum congratulated the Prime Minister for preventing incitement to communal violence following Priya Saha’s recent communication with US president Donald Trump.
The memorandum further mentioned that following the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975 minority community of Bangladesh faced difficult times. BNP Jamaat activists carried out violence against the minority community following 2001 election & the violence continued till 2006. In 2013 following trial of war criminals especially after Sayeedi’s trial & in 2014 minority community faced further persecution.
The SBM UK sought assistance from the Prime Minister to prevent minority persecution. In addition, they requested the establishment of minority commission, minority welfare ministry, enaction of minority protection law, prevention of hate material on social media & at religious sermons and the formation of a special tribunal to try the perpetrators of communal violence.
Minister Md. Shahriar Alam assured the delegation that the government is working hard to prevent communal violence and will assist in their campaign to promote community cohesion.