Bangladesh in turmoil, must stop persecuting Hindus: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard, Matt Salmon, Bob Dold condemn Bangladesh.

Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard

AB Wire

WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-02), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, has introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Bangladesh to increase human rights protections, strengthen democratic institutions, and prevent the growth of extremist groups in the country.

The resolution comes as ISIS and other trans-national radical Islamic groups continue to grow their influence in areas like South Asia.

The co-sponsors of the resolution include Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee Chairman Matt Salmon (R, AZ-05) and Rep. Bob Dold (R, IL-10).

In a speech on the House floor introducing the resolution, Gabbard stated, “Bangladesh is a country in turmoil. There are many concerns about the stability of the country, particularly since flawed elections were held last year, and the political violence that has ensued. I am particularly concerned over issues of religious freedom, and specifically, attacks against minority Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and others, in Bangladesh. All too often perpetrators of crimes against minorities go unpunished. It’s up to the government of Bangladesh to take action to stop those who incite and commit violence and protect the rights of these minorities. [This resolution] calls on the government of Bangladesh to protect the human rights of all its citizens, particularly its vulnerable minorities, strengthen democratic institutions and rule of law, and prevent the growth of extremist groups.”

Salmon said in a statement: “It was an honor to work on this resolution with Rep. Gabbard. In Bangladesh, there is great potential. Through this resolution, we have encouraged Bangladesh to embrace non-violent democratic competition and rule of law, and to shirk political violence and religious extremism. We expect Bangladesh to respect human dignity, honor commitments to freedom of expression and religion, and protect the human rights of all citizens, no matter one’s political disposition, creed, or religion. This resolution reaffirms our dedication to these principles.”

Dold said in a statement: “Religious persecution is on the rise around the world, with 77% of the world’s population now living in countries with high restrictions on religious freedom. As the greatest force for human dignity in the world, the United States has an obligation to send the unequivocal message that we will not tolerate countries that fail to protect the fundamental freedoms of all citizens, especially minorities. I am pleased to join with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle calling on the government of Bangladesh to protect the rights of minorities, eliminate violent extremist groups and restore the rule of law.”

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation in South Asia, is the world’s eighth most populous country in the world. The country’s faltering democratic system has been subjected to an array of pressures in recent years, including a combination of political violence, corruption, poverty, and increasingly, Islamist militancy.

Religious minorities, including Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and Ahmadiyya Muslims, in Bangladesh face high levels of persecution, including the destruction of temples, homes and businesses.

8 Comments

  1. Sanjiv Paul

    Respect the lady

  2. The Chief Justice of Bangladesh is hindu. I am sure he can right any wrong done to hindus there. It is utterly stupid of the congresswoman to speak about something she knows nothing about. Should make sure she isn’t reelected.

  3. RajuCharles

    How much dollar it takes to include Christians in the list? Nice to know Jews are in Bangladesh! Christian rights are human right just as Hindu and Jews! Honorable
    Congresswomen-Tulsi must take a stand for Christian rights in India! Stop Christian Discrimination! Why reservation only for Hindus and Sikhs in a Secular nation? India must accept Native Dalit Christians Freedom of religion! Dollar talk sucks!

    • Dalit christian is a misnomer. Christianity does not recognize any caste system.

    • My family comes from both Chritian and Budhist background… I have been to India quite sometimes and I have seen that except Islam everybody lives very happily over there :) I am specifying Islam as you know right they dont like infidels :/

      Take care.

    • My family comes from both Chritian and Budhist background… I have been to India quite sometimes and I have seen that except Islam everybody lives very happily over there :) I am specifying Islam as you know right they dont like infi-dels :/

      Take care.

  4. Astonishing that more than three fourths of the world’s population live in places where religious freedom is restricted. Countries like Bangladesh should be both encouraged and pressured to embrace plurality and freedom for their citizens.

  5. Thanks for the words. Now put them in action and stop aid to Pakistan used to kill infidel

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