Pointing out that minority communities are being deprived of their rights, speakers yesterday called upon the government to take necessary steps to root out all sorts of discrimination against the community members.
They also asked the government to implement its pledges of forming a National Minority Commission to ensure their rights.
They were speaking at a discussion titled "Bir Uttam Major General CR Dutta: Today's Bangladesh", organised by Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
Chitta Ranjan Dutta was the commander of Sector 4 during the country's Liberation War. He died on August 25, 2020.
Awami League Joint General Secretary and lawmaker Mahbubul Alam Hanif said CR Dutta devoted his life to build a society where people will live with dignity and rights. He claimed that the autocratic governments had created division among people by promoting communalism.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader said they will try their best to fulfil demands of the Parishad.
Debapriya Bhattacharya, eminent economist and public policy analyst, called upon the Parishad to continue pressuring the government to fulfil their demands.
He asked the community leaders to be more vocal to ensure implementation of Vested Property Return Act.
Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of the Parishad, recalled the contribution of CR Dutta in the Liberation War. He said the AL government made several pledges including formulating special security act for minority community, putting an end to discrimination and implementing CHT Peace Accords.
"We're requesting the prime minister to fulfil the pledges before next election," he said.