Bangladeshi Religious Minorities Allegedly Accused of Insult of Islam and the Prophet Allah by using Fake Facebook Posting

Religious minorities and indigenous peoples in Bangladesh are facing new challenges as they are allegedly accused of insulting Islam and its’ prophet, Allah, with fake Facebook postings. Most of the time, their Facebook ID is hacked and something is posted against Islam. It is often done by militant fanatic Islamists with an intention to create an atmosphere of fear, looting, physical torture, killing, violation of women, burning/grabbing properties, and finally driving them out of the country.

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“Save Lebanon and Stop Turkey:” How to Support Middle Eastern Christians in 2021

Description: This event will offer an assessment of the U.S. government’s response to the August 4th explosion in Beirut and Erdogan’s persecution of Christians in Turkey and across the Middle East. 

It will also provide recommendations for how the U.S. administration and Congress can tackle both of these challenges in 2021.

The format will be an hour-long discussion followed by a thirty minute Q&A.

Advanced Fundraising by Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor, author of “Go Fish:  How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors:  A Practical Guide to Fundraising,” is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she teaches both online and classroom fundraising courses. She also taught a class on “Women, Democracy and Global Politics.”

Tagged a “Democracy Coach” by a major German newspaper*, Nancy teaches citizens in the United States and internationally how to communicate with passion to affect change in their communities. For her service as a Senator Robert J. Dole Institute Fall Fellow, where she moderated panels on “Women, Democracy and Global Politics”, Newman’s Own Foundation recently recognized her as a “Newmanitarian.”

Nancy is the former Director of the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, where she launched its programs to promote civic engagement and leadership in public service, and created a gallery celebrating the history of women leaders from Texas. She also secured a partnership with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy project, www.iCivics.org to promote civic education; iCivics is developing a specific game and curriculum about Texas state government for all school students.

Nancy is on the board for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, an advisor for Veteran’s Campaign, a program that encourages Veterans to enter public service, and serves on the boards of Lone Star Parity in Texas and the LBJ Women’s Campaign School at the University of Texas.

She also served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years, where she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years. Chosen as “Mentor of the Year” by PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) for her work advising college women interested in careers in public service, Nancy is now a member of their national board.

In 2016, she was selected by the Washington Academy of Political Arts & Sciences as one of the “Top 12 Women Changing the Face of Political Communications in Latin America.” Nancy was the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for “her passion to affect change in national and international communities, training and consulting with the nation’s and world’s political leaders, and commitment to educate others, particularly women, around the world.”

Nancy Bocskor spreads democracy throughout the world…..the lively American travels from one country to the next coaching candidates on how to win elections, especially encouraging women to make it into parliament.

*Translated from Die Welt, 11/07

Religious Minority Persecution in Bangladesh: Implications for the Minorities and the Rest of the World

Religious & Ethnic Minority Persecution in Bangladesh

Since October 10, 1946, the Islamic ultra-nationalists, their fundamentalist & extremist allies have waged a low-intensity campaign of religious & and ethnic minority persecution in the geographical area that has been known as Bangladesh as of 1971, when the country emerged as a secular democratic nation, by seceding from the Islamic State of Pakistan.  Since Bangladesh was born as a secular democratic nation through a genocide in which nearly three million innocent, unarmed Bengalis were killed, 200,000 women raped, and nearly ten million people forced to leave the country in the face of atrocities, it was naturally expected that the minorities of the country would now enjoy equal rights and live there with human dignity, and safety of their life and property, as it was guaranteed in the country’s original constitution(1972). Unfortunately, the situation remains unchanged; by conducting a systematic campaign blatant discrimination, persecution, and savagery  tens of millions of Hindus, Buddhists & Christians  – – 37 to 49 million depending on when one starts counting from — to leave the country and seek refuge in India and elsewhere.

While this vicious campaign has been directly conducted primarily by the Islamists, it has often been  directly or indirectly aided by the governments, regardless of which party/parties may have been in power,  the Islamic nationalists, the coalition of Islamic nationalists & extremist, military dictators, or the so-called “secular democratic party/parties.”

The tools of persecution have included daily harassment by using slurs, blatant discrimination in the job sectors, vandalism, desecration of places of worship, land grabbing and forcible eviction by using an anti-minority law called the Enemy Property Act (later renamed Vested Property Act), eviction by force, arson, brutal torture, rape, gang rape & mass rape, and targeted grisly murders.  More recently, the Islamists have started hacking into minority member’s Facebook and then post blasphemous statuses against prophet Muhammad and then using that as a ploy wage brutal attacks on the minority villages (In such an attack that happened in Ramu, Chittagong in 2012, more than 25,0000 Islamists participated).  No government has ever prosecuted a minority persecutor which acts as a license for ridding the country of its non-Muslim population through violence. On the contrary victims are being incarcerated.

The current secularist Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who claims to believe in secular democracy has reaffirmed Islam as the state religion by using her brute majority in the parliament.  She has always promoted Salafi/Wahabi Islam in the country, and to that end currently building 560 mega mosques with Saudi funding.  For years she has been dictated by the Islamic fundamentalists, particularly by Hefazat-E- Islam, at whose directive her government has  removed many non-Muslim writers from textbooks, allowed the 5th grade Islamic Studies textbook to have such statements as non-Muslims are inferior to Muslims; and, what is even more reprehensible is that she has tolerated ( and thus encouraged) the clerics to preach to the millions of common Muslims that non-Muslims are like human excreta, inferior to animals, in other words, an expendable commodity.

Unless the community of civilized nations intervene to reverse the course that Bangladesh has taken  the Islamists will eliminate the country’s non-Muslim or minority  population (Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians including the indigenous peoples) through violence.  As a matter of fact, based on a statistical analysis of the past and present rate of minority exodus under duress, Economist & Professor Abul Barakat has predicted that no minorities will be left in Bangladesh after thirty years (Dhaka Tribune, Nov. 21, 2016).  As can be understood, this vicious campaign is driven by the Islamists & Islamic ultranationalists’ declared goal of transforming Bangladesh into a monolithic Islamic state. In fact, their goal is to expand such a Bangladesh to include Arakan of Burma and parts of India (“Deadly Cargo,” in  Time Magazine, Oct 14, 2002), the country will become a monolithic Islamic state) and start exporting jihadists beyond Bangladesh’s borders, as it did in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It may be recalled that Bangladeshi jihadists fought alongside Bin Laden’s Al Qaida in Afghanistan (see e.g. American Taliban John Walker Lind’s interview with CNN News, Dec. 20, 2001), around which time the religious & ethnic minorities of Bangladesh were “Safe only in the departure lounge.” (The Economist, Nov. 29 -Dec. 5, 2003).  Fundamentally, the situation remains unchanged.

Our goal is to gather information about the plight of the religious & ethnic minorities of Bangladesh obtain recommendations from the panellists as to what measures are needed to be taken immediately by the government to stop violence against Bangladesh’s religious & ethnic minorities, and then disseminate them among those who have the will, ability, and power to plead with the Bangladesh government to stop this vicious campaign.

20 Years of Forced Organ Harvesting in China: A Briefing for US Legislators

Independent research has confirmed that the Chinese Government has been killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs for over 20 years.

Recognized by the China Tribunal as a crime against humanity, the Chinese Government’s practice of forced organ harvesting has been understood as the primary means to suppress and eliminate Falun Gong.

What more can the US and other nations do to protect Falun Gong practitioners?

How can the US protect patients in this country from going to China to obtain these illegally procured organs?

What are the consequences for the US and other countries if steps are not taken to end forced organ harvesting?

When
Thursday, November 19, 2020, starting at 2:00 PM EST 
Agenda
  • Opening Remarks
  • Speakers Panel
  • Questions and Answers
  • Reports and Handouts
Presenters
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Sonia Morfii – Moderator
Founder and CEO of Radio Latino, Inc.
Sonia Morffi is the founder and CEO of Radio Latino INC, in Los Angeles, California.
In 2019, she was awarded “Las Palmas de Oro, Professional Excellence Awards,” by the National Circle of professional Journalists in Mexico City, the “National Award for Professional Excellence” at the 7th World Peace Congress 2019 and the International Women’s Award for her professional work as a defender of the rights of Latino Women based in the United States.
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Steve Chabot
US House Representative
Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH) has served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 24 years. Since becoming a Member of Congress, Congressman Chabot has served on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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Witness Testimony 1
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Witness Testimony 2
from Mainland China
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G. Weldon Gilcrease, III, MD
DAFOH Deputy Director
Assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah. He is the medical director of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and the program director for the haematology/oncology fellowship. He has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of AOA, the medical honors society, as recognition for his tireless devotion to medical education.
Dr. Gilcrease has worked as deputy director for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting for 5 years. He has spoken at academic centers across the country on behalf of DAFOH, contributed to legislation in efforts to stop forced organ harvesting, and continues to raise awareness about the worst medical ethics abuse in recent history.
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Hamid Sabi
Counsel to the China Tribunal
The China Tribunal https://chinatribunal.com/ was an independent people’s tribunal tasked with investigating forced organ harvesting in China.
Mr. Sabi is a London-based lawyer with an international practice in human rights, arbitration and litigation. He acted as Counsel and Rapporteur to the Iran Tribunal, which was an independent people’s tribunal investigating mass killings of political prisoners by the Islamic Republic of Iran in the 1980s.
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Matt Salmon
Former US House Representative, VP of Government Affairs, Arizona State University
During his 5 terms representing Arizona’s 5th district, Mr. Salmon was a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, served as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
He speaks fluent Mandarin and has led numerous delegations to China.

Tax Justice and Religious Freedom: The Tai Ji Men Case and Beyond

World premiere of the movie: “A Question of Justice: The Tai Ji Men Tax Case,” directed by Massimo Introvigne, followed by a panel discussion. Tax justice and religious freedom increasingly interact. The European Court of Human Rights is just one jurisdiction that ruled that the tax system cannot be used to discriminate against religious minorities. One of the longest-lasting tax cases raising issues of religious liberty involved the Taiwan-based spiritual movement Tai Ji Men. After 24 years of litigations, the issue has not been fully solved to this day. Should monetary offers that devotees give to their spiritual leaders or organizations be treated as tax-exempt gifts or as taxable payments? And do the governments have the right to discriminate between the gifts given to “legitimate” spiritual movements and groups they label as “cults”? The implications go well beyond the Tai Ji Men movement and are crucial for religious freedom throughout the world.

Indian Judiciary: Complicit in Religious Persecution

A panel discussion on the failure of the Indian judiciary, both through acts of commission and omission, to uphold the Indian Constitution’s secular mandate and suborn itself to Hindu majoritarianism, especially becoming complicit with extreme religious persecution by failing to deliver justice to victims by allowing impunity to perpetrators.

How to Win: Strategizing for Success

No matter your challenge or obstacle, effective planning and political power mapping can help you to achieve success for your cause. Power mapping is an effective advocacy tool used to identify and strategize how to influence key decision-makers or influencers needed most to raise awareness and build grassroots support. By honing in on your desired outcome, you can develop your program design, activities, and actions that will help to achieve your desired outcomes. Rachel Burgin and Jenna Netherton together have over 26 years of experience engaging in political campaigns, grassroots issue campaigns, and human rights policy issues. During this session, they will share proven ways to find political success.

Rachel Burgin, Former Florida State Representative, Strategic Director, Grassroots Leadership Academy

Rachel served as State Representative for District 56 in the Florida House of Representatives from 2008-2012. At that time, she was the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the Florida Legislature. Prior to being elected, Rachel served her community on the local and state levels with the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida House of Representatives. She also served at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under President George W. Bush. Rachel is passionate about grassroots movements and advancing freedom in her role as a Strategic Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation.

Jenna Netherton, Former South Dakota State Senator, Senior Trainer, Grassroots Leadership Academy

Jenna Netherton is a Grassroots Trainer & Curriculum Specialist for the Grassroots Leadership Academy. As a former state senator from South Dakota, she was elected as the youngest female legislator in the state’s history. She served as Vice Chairman of the Education and State Affairs Committees. Jenna is an advocate of liberty at home and abroad. She was honoured as a top 10 conservative under the age of 40 and was invited to speak at CPAC. Jenna also received an award for Conservative Excellence from American Conservative Union and has been a delegate to Turkey and China. As a descendent of immigrants from Lebanon, Jenna is motivated by the inspirational leadership of our country’s early pioneers and strongly believes in the power of an individual to positively influence their community. She currently resides in Texas with her husband.

10 Stages of Genocide & India’s Muslims

With their persecution sharply escalating under Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu extremist regime, India’s 200 million Muslims have been dangerously ascending the scale of “10 Stages of Genocide” of the globally recognized nonprofit, Genocide Watch. In fact, GW has already issued Genocide Alerts underlining existential threats to Muslims in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority province, and Assam, where half a million Muslims have been rendered stateless from a dubious citizen identification project that was executed a provincial government of Mr. Modi’s Hindu nationalist political party.

State of Minorities in Bangladesh

State-sponsored discrimination, religious prosecution, killing, land grabbing, and rape and forced conversion have threatened the very existence of minorities in Bangladesh. In this event, HRCBM (Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities) speakers will present objective views about the state of Minorities in Bangladesh.