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Press Conference regarding “Protecting a Buddhist Religious Idol & Buddhist Community in Bangladesh”

November 17 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

In this press briefing, several specialized Human Rights Prosecutors & experts & Buddhist religious Idol Venerable Sharanangkar Thera will participate under the orchestration of a US-based organization Nirbankami INC.

On behalf of the Bangladeshi Buddhists, we are telling you in great desperation to seek the assistance of you to stop the ongoing violent persecution of Buddhist Monks and Buddhist communities, as well as other religious and minority groups of Rangunia of Chittagong district in Bangladesh.

The religious minority Buddhists community, particularly the monks of Rangunia Upazila Sub-district’ in the Chittagong region of Bangladesh has been subjected to sectarian violence in the past few months. The Buddhists have no way to get the attention of the Prime Minister of the country, Honorable Sheikh Hasina, who alone can redress their grievances because one of her fellow party members is intricately involved with the violence. An important Awami league cabinet minister Mr. Hasan Mahmud has been aiding his brother, Mr. Ershad Mahmud to grab Buddhists’ owned land with coercion and intimidation. Hence, the attention and assistance are immediately needed from the international community to resolve the issue so that Buddhists would not become destitute in their own country. To add more insult to the injury, some frivolous blasphemy accusations are being raised to harass and attack law-abiding Buddhist citizens.

On Friday, the 9th of July, 2020 a group of criminals backed by a local ruling party leader and Police waged an attack on the Gyansharan Buddhist Monastery located in Falaharia, under the Rangunia sub-district in the Division of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The thugs vandalized and desecrated the temple, damaged its structures, and verbally threatened Buddhist monk sharangker Thera. They ordered them to leave Bangladesh or face death. The evidence of their mistreatment of the monks was captured in a video (Buddhist monks being abused in Rangunia).

After the incident, Sharanangkar Thero, the venerable principle of the Gyansharan Monastery, posted a video on the Face book, seeking justice from the Honorable Prime Minister of the country. But, the brother of Minister Hasan Mahmud has bribed the connected governmental people to make sure that the sufferings of the Buddhist community do not reach to the Prime Minister’s office.

They did not stop there. These criminal thugs created a fake Facebook ID and posted slurs against Islam and its prophet to accuse and malign the principal monk of the monastery to color the land grabbing thievery as a communal conflict. In the face of a death threat and anticipating further violence, the venerable monk moved to another monastery. But that did not help to calm the situation. The criminal thugs disconnected the power supply to the monastery and thus forcing the monks, some being in late teens to live in subhuman conditions while death threats were being issued at regular intervals to vacate the monastery.

Under these grim circumstances, on behalf of these persecuted religious minorities of Bangladesh, we would like to request you to highlight and publicize the ongoing harassment of Buddhist monk venerable Sharanangkar Thero and the Buddhist minorities in Bangladesh. We appeal to all of you to draw the attention of the international community to this unjust and ongoing harassment so the international community is fully aware of the pogrom that has been aided and abetted by none other than a Bangladeshi minister (Hasan Mahmud). A Buddhist monk has renounced all his material and earthly desires and he wants nothing but to serve his and other communities. Would we allow another minister’s brother to grab a monastery land to give a green signal to grab more minority-owned properties and land? No justice for the minorities? Would anybody care about the Buddhist plight in Bangladesh when Buddhists have been living there since the Ashokha’s time?

We urge you to convey this message to the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh to make sure that the Prime minister knows what has been going on in Rangunia, Bangladesh.

By so doing, you can prevent another Ramu pogrom (2012) in which 25,000 Islamists gutted multiple Buddhists & Hindu villages. Please help us to combat this religious pogrom and persecution of minorities in Bangladesh and promote religious freedom for the minorities.

Thank you for your help.

Supporting Documents and Relevant News links:

Supporting Documents in English:

Supporting Documents in Bengali:

১) একই স্ক্রিপ্টে রামু থেকে রাঙ্গুনিয়া! তথ্য মন্ত্রীর ভাই এরশাদ মাহমুদ সমাচার https://youtu.be/VUOO16JM2ao

২) তথ্যমন্ত্রী সাহেব, আমাকে ভয় দেখিয়ে লাভ নেই আমি সংখ্যালঘুদের পাশে আছি, থাকবো

https://youtu.be/hT4EFQUk770

৩) রাষ্ট্রযন্ত্রের পক্ষ থেকে ভালো কাজের উপহার! বিচিত্র তথ্যমন্ত্রী ও তার গং

https://youtu.be/xdD45DCIlME

৪) মুমিনদের দানববন্ধন! তথ্যমন্ত্রীর ধর্মব্যবসা রাঙ্গুনিয়া বৌদ্ধভিক্ষু

https://youtu.be/NOpL0VMNuUw

৫) নব্য সাকা চৌধুরী এখন সাকা চৌধুরীর শূন্যস্থান পূরণ করছে হাসান মাহমুদ!

https://youtu.be/qZ6yWunGVP4

৬) এরা কারা হাসান মাহমুদ এদের নিযুক্ত করেছেন কেন রাঙ্গুনিয়া বৌদ্ধবিহার

https://youtu.be/LsbA1A3FZOk

৭) চলমান রাঙ্গুনিয়া সংকট সমাধানে ভারত বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতিকের সাথে লাইভ আলোচনা।

https://youtu.be/l805-34MGKw

৮ )  পরিষ্কার বাংলায় বলছি পর্ব ১ স্নেহাশীষ প্রিয় বড়ুয়া

https://youtu.be/189Q3uBHxoo

৯) পরিষ্কার বাংলায় বলছি পর্ব ২ স্নেহাশীষ প্রিয় বড়ুয়া

https://youtu.be/8fM5C1P1MhE

১০) বিড়াল এবার গাছে! সমাধান আসছে কি রাঙ্গুনিয়ায়

https://youtu.be/DzOxa6JHrpI

১১) Complain against Hasan Mahmud gang from milon dey, people from Hindu Community

https://youtu.be/2jctkfsjCUA

১২) Hasan Mahmud gang forcefully took false statement from Mion Dey

https://youtu.be/xdgJMOJGlgY

১৩) Milon dey informing Ven shoronongkor about his forcefull false satement & asking for Help https://youtu.be/MULUBKlCyxo

১৪) 13th August 2020 ভার্চুয়াল  meeting https://youtu.be/GnDvGvrs090

১৫) 29th August ভার্চুয়াল Meeting https://youtu.be/LL-uV0t-ezY

১৬) পূজনিয় শরনংকর বনাম ডঃ হাছান মাহমুদ বা এরশাদ শিরোনামটা শতভাগ সঠিক নয় http://news.nirbankami.com/blog/2020/07/17/%e0%a6%aa%e0%a7%82%e0%a6%9c%e0%a6%a8%e0%a6%bf%e0%a6%af%e0%a6%bc-%e0%a6%b6%e0%a6%b0%e0%a6%a8%e0%a6%82%e0%a6%95%e0%a6%b0-%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%a8%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%ae-%e0%a6%a1%e0%a6%83-%e0%a6%b9%e0%a6%be/

১৭) বাংলাদেশে বর্তমানে সবচেয়ে অসহায় ব্যক্তি

http://news.nirbankami.com/blog/2020/08/05/%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%82%e0%a6%b2%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%a6%e0%a7%87%e0%a6%b6%e0%a7%87-%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%b0%e0%a7%8d%e0%a6%a4%e0%a6%ae%e0%a6%be%e0%a6%a8%e0%a7%87-%e0%a6%b8%e0%a6%ac%e0%a6%9a%e0%a7%87%e0%a6%af/

১৮) পরিষ্কার বাংলায় বলছি পর্ব ৩ স্নেহাশীষ প্রিয় বড়ুয়া https://www.facebook.com/shukla.barua.9862/videos/640410536616895/

১৯) মায়ারঘোনা রাঙ্গুনিয়া হাসান মাহমুদ গ্যাং এর অপকর্ম  https://youtu.be/pyakesogYDo

২০) হাসান মাহমুদ কতৃক পরিচালিত রাঙ্গুনিয়ায় মোল্লাদের যত নাটক https://youtu.be/oBWrptc8o58

২১) In favour of Humanity Meeting of 19th September https://youtu.be/Y93UwaR6uPw

22) মানবাধিকার সংস্থা বাংলাদেশ মাইনরিটি ওয়াচের রিপোর্ট https://youtu.be/As5RGAFAa4I

 

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Case folders & others

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1OzpkTwQogbjj2dZOjhGaPnNMRoesALbh?usp=sharing

 

Snehashis Priya Barua

ASA, Public Defender, County of San Bernardino, USA

Executive Director

Nirbankami INC

CEO, SPBTEL LLC
UN & World Bank Volunteer, Information Communication Technology Consultant

Interpreter: BENGALI, ENGLISH, FRENCH, Journalist, Poet, Writer, CSR,

Training of the trainer, Coordinator Ekushey Television California

Publicity Secretary, Joktorashtro Awami League California, USA

MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA, Dell Server Associate 10, Linux Administration, VMware, Apple Cert.
4794 N Pershing Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92407 USA

Mobile: (562) 544-4229 Phone: (909) 531-3479 or (562) 278-6840

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Zoom

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RSVP Required, Open to Press
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Contact Email for Event Planner
barua910@yahoo.com

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