UN official concerned over violence against minorities | Daily Star
07:58 PM, March 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:28 PM, March 13, 2018

UN official concerned over violence against minorities

Visiting United Nations Undersecretary General Adama Dieng today expressed deep concern over the continuous violence against minority community and their rightlessness.

Adama Dieng, also the UN Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention, said democracy has to be established in the country by ensuring rights of the minorities.

He came up with the remarks at a meeting with the leaders of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, the leading platform of the minority community, at its office in capital’s Paltan area, says a press release.

In his welcome speech, Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Oikya Parishad, appraised him about current situation of the minority community and their concern over the security situation centring the next general elections.

Adama Dieng, according to the press statement, said overall development of a country is not possible avoiding religious and racial minorities and no society can survive without diversity.

“If minorities are continuously subjected to hatred, intolerance, torture and attacks, it would be dangerous for the whole country,” the statement quoted him as saying.

Like 1971, when people of all religions and communities fought unitedly to achieve independence, same thing is needed to be done for the prosperity of the country and there is no alternative of it, he said.

With Hubert Gomez, one of the presidents of Oikya Parishad, in the chair, the meeting was attended, among other, by Manindra Kumar Nath, Milan Kanti Dutt, Jayanta Kumar Deb, Tapash Kumar Pal, Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee and Tapas Kanti Baul. Two other UN officials were also present there.

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