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OPPRESSION OF BUDDHISTS IN BANGLADESH!

Internationally known Buddhist Monk Gnyan Gyoti Mahasthabir was hacked to death at a Buddhist monastery-orphanage in Hingala, under the Raozan Police Station in the District of Chittagong, Bangladesh, on April 21, 2002 in the village.

According to media reports, he was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists associated with Member of Parliament Mr. Salah Uddin Kader Choudhury, who is an adviser to the Prime Minister, Begum Khaldeda Zia, the leader of the ruling Islamic Hardliners.

AN APPEAL

On behalf of the Bangladeshi Buddhists based in America, we are writing in great desperation to seek the assistance of your office to stop the on-going violent persecution of the Buddhist communities as well as other religious and ethnic minority groups of Bangladesh.

The armed cadres of the ruling ·Islamic hardliners· (The Guardian, Oct 2, ·01) i.e. the coalition of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the openly pro-Taliban Jamat-E-Islam and Islamic Oikya Jote ·Islamic Unity Council· led by Prime Minister Begum Khaleda, have conducted a nation-wide campaign for cleansing Bangladesh of its Buddhists as well as other ethno-religious minority groups.

The worrisome rise of Islamic extremism and the concomitant persecution of the Buddhist and other ethno-religious minorities have been reported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The Guardian, New York Times (Nov. 2, ·01), Far Eastern Economic Review (April 4, ·02), The Wall Street Journal (April 2, ·02), Boston Globe, Daily News, India Abroad, News India Times, Hindustan Times, US Department of State on International Religious Freedom, BBC News, CNN News, etc. On April 21, 2002, according to media reports, Muslim fundamentalists directly harbored by Member of Parliament and Advisor to the Prime Minster Begum Khaleda Zia, Mr. Salah Uddin Kader Chowdhury (SAKA)brutally murdered the internationally famous Buddhist Monk Gnyanjoyti Mahasthabir (52), who had developed a Buddhist temple and orphanage in Hingala under Rauzan, Chittagong.

This is just an example of what is going on in Bangladesh and should serve as a warning about what will happen in the future unless the Bangladesh Government is made to stop backing the Islamic extremists who are terrorizing the Buddhist sand other religious minorities.

The Buddhist Council of New York has written a letter to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia protesting these atrocities. The Interfaith Center of New York and a number of US Congressmen have also lodged their protests with the Prime Minister.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Using the following letter as a model, please write to the following
persons and organizations about the ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing
against Buddhists and other ethno-religious minority communities in Bangladesh:

Begum Kaleda Zia, Prime Minister
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Gana Bhavan
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fax: 880-2-811-1015
880-2-811-3243
E-mail pm@pmobd.org
You can also write to the PM of Bangladesh by following the link given below:
http://www.bangladeshgov.org/pmo/index.htm

The Ambassador
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
3510 International Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bangladesh High Commission Ottawa, Canada
275 Bank Street, suite 302
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2L6 Canada
Tel: (613) 236-0138/9
Fax: (613) 567-3213

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
821 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212- 867-3434
Fax: 212- 972-4038
E-Mail: bangladesh@un.int

UNITED NATIONS
His Excellency, Mr. Kofi Annan
The Secretary General
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 1-212-963-1234
Fax: 1-212-963-4879
E-mail: ecu@un.org

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
E-Mail: amnestyis@amnesty.org

BANGLADESH
100 Kalabagan (1st Floor)
2nd Lane, Dhaka –1205,
Bangladesh
Tel: +880 2 818 938, +880 2 868 002
Fax: +880 2 818 938, +880 2 866 977
E-mail: admin-bd@ai-bd.mhs.compuserve.com

UK
99-119 Rosebery Ave
London EC1R 4RE, UK
Tel: +44 171 814 6200
Fax: +44 171 833 1510
E-mail: info@amnesty.org.uk

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
admin-us@aiusa.org
Amnesty International USA Section,
322 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001,
Tel: +1 212 807 8400
Fax: +1 212 463 9193, +1 212 627 1451

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
E-mail: hrwnyc@hrw.org

33 Islington High Street, N1 9LH London, UK
Tel: (171) 713-1995
Fax: (171) 713-1800
E-mail: hrwatchuk@gn.apc.org

Rue Van Campenhout, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 (2) 732-2009
Fax: 32 (2) 732-0471
E-mail: hrwatcheu@gn.apc.org

Center for Religious Freedom
1319 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-5101
Fax: (202) 296-5078
E-mail: Religion@freedomhouse.org

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MODEL LETTER

The Buddhism Council of New York
c/o New York Buddhist Church
331-332 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 100025
Tel (212) 6780305
Fax (212) 662-4502

May 10, 2002

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
c/o The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
3510 International Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dear Madame Prime Minister

We, the members of the Buddhism Council of New York, deeply deplore the brutal slaying by Bangladesh militants of Buddhist monk Gyana Jyoti Mahathero, of Hingala in Raujan Chittagong at approximately midnight, April 21, 2002.

The internet reverberates with instances of hundreds of Bengali settlers set upon by paramilitary forces and executed for nothing other than their beliefs.

There are reports of your troops committing rape, torture, and summary execution of innocents for several years.

We express our grave concern for the safety and security of the Buddhism and other ethnic religious minority communities in the region and all over the Bangladesh. Why are Hindu, Christian and Buddhist minorities under constant threat in your country?

And why are there so many refugees fleeing to India? Is there really anything to fear from religious minorities? We would like to request that you consider an impartial and open investigation into these reports and punish those responsible.

We would appreciate an answer from you.

Sincerely,

Reverend T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki,
President
Buddhist Council of New York

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For more information, please contact, Ratan Kumar Barua, human rights
activist and former Secretary General of Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar
Sangha a regional center of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth in
Bangladesh, 177 Church Street, New York, NY
10007. E-mail <ratan-barua@hotmail.com> Also visit <www.jumma people’s
alliance> and <www.hrcbm.org>


Please visit our newly established websites!

Buddhist Relief Mission <http://www.brelief.org>
Burmese Relief Center--USA <http://www.brelief.net>
Relief Notes 2002 <http://home.earthlink.net/~brelief/>


Further information:
http://google.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=OPPRESSION+of+BUDDHISTS+IN+BANGLADESH&hc=0&hs=0


OPPRESSION OF BUDDHISTS IN BANGLADESH!

Internationally known Buddhist Monk Gnyan Gyoti Mahasthabir was hacked to
death at a Buddhist monastery-orphanage in Hingala, under the Raozan Police
Station in the District of Chittagong, Bangladesh, on April 21, 2002 in the
village. According to media reports, he was brutally murdered by Islamic
extremists associated with Member of Parliament Mr. Salah Uddin Kader
Choudhury, who is an adviser to the Prime Minister, Begum Khaldeda Zia,
the leader of the ruling Islamic Hardliners.

AN APPEAL

On behalf of the Bangladeshi Buddhists based in America, we are writing in
great desperation to seek the assistance of your office to stop the
on-going violent persecution of the Buddhist communities as well as other
religious and ethnic minority groups of Bangladesh. The armed cadres of
the ruling “Islamic hardliners” (The Guardian, Oct 2, ‘01) i.e. the
coalition of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the openly pro-Taliban
Jamat-E-Islam and Islamic Oikya Jote “Islamic Unity Council” led by Prime
Minister Begum Khaleda, have conducted a nation-wide campaign for cleansing
Bangladesh of its Buddhists as well as other ethno-religious minority
groups. The worrisome rise of Islamic extremism and the concomitant
persecution of the Buddhist and other ethno-religious minorities have been
reported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The Guardian, New
York Times (Nov. 2, ‘01), Far Eastern Economic Review (April 4, ‘02), The
Wall Street Journal (April 2, ‘02), Boston Globe, Daily News, India Abroad,
News India Times, Hindustan Times, US Department of State on International
Religious Freedom, BBC News, CNN News, etc.

On April 21, 2002, according to media reports, Muslim fundamentalists
directly harbored by Member of Parliament and Advisor to the Prime Minster
Begum Khaleda Zia, Mr. Salah Uddin Kader Chowdhury (SAKA)brutally murdered
the internationally famous Buddhist Monk Gnyanjoyti Mahasthabir (52), who
had developed a Buddhist temple and orphanage in Hingala under Rauzan,
Chittagong. This is just an example of what is going on in Bangladesh and
should serve as a warning about what will happen in the future unless the
Bangladesh Government is made to stop backing the Islamic extremists who
are terrorizing the Buddhist sand other religious minorities.

The Buddhist Council of New York has written a letter to the Bangladeshi
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia protesting these atrocities. The Interfaith
Center of New York and a number of US Congressmen have also lodged their
protests with the Prime Minister.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Using the following letter as a model, please write to the following
persons and organizations about the ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing
against Buddhists and other ethno-religious minority communities in Bangladesh:

Begum Kaleda Zia, Prime Minister
People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Gana Bhavan
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fax: 880-2-811-1015
880-2-811-3243
E-mail pm@pmobd.org
You can also write to the PM of Bangladesh by following the link given below:
http://www.bangladeshgov.org/pmo/index.htm

The Ambassador
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
3510 International Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bangladesh High Commission Ottawa, Canada
275 Bank Street, suite 302
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2L6 Canada
Tel: (613) 236-0138/9
Fax: (613) 567-3213

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations
821 United Nations Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212- 867-3434
Fax: 212- 972-4038
E-Mail: bangladesh@un.int

UNITED NATIONS
His Excellency, Mr. Kofi Annan
The Secretary General
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 1-212-963-1234
Fax: 1-212-963-4879
E-mail: ecu@un.org

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
E-Mail: amnestyis@amnesty.org

BANGLADESH
100 Kalabagan (1st Floor)
2nd Lane, Dhaka –1205,
Bangladesh
Tel: +880 2 818 938, +880 2 868 002
Fax: +880 2 818 938, +880 2 866 977
E-mail: admin-bd@ai-bd.mhs.compuserve.com

UK
99-119 Rosebery Ave
London EC1R 4RE, UK
Tel: +44 171 814 6200
Fax: +44 171 833 1510
E-mail: info@amnesty.org.uk

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
admin-us@aiusa.org
Amnesty International USA Section,
322 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10001,
Tel: +1 212 807 8400
Fax: +1 212 463 9193, +1 212 627 1451

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA
Tel: 1-(212) 290-4700
Fax: 1-(212) 736-1300
E-mail: hrwnyc@hrw.org

33 Islington High Street, N1 9LH London, UK
Tel: (171) 713-1995
Fax: (171) 713-1800
E-mail: hrwatchuk@gn.apc.org

Rue Van Campenhout, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 32 (2) 732-2009
Fax: 32 (2) 732-0471
E-mail: hrwatcheu@gn.apc.org

Center for Religious Freedom
1319 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 296-5101
Fax: (202) 296-5078
E-mail: Religion@freedomhouse.org

- - - - - - - - - -
MODEL LETTER

The Buddhism Council of New York
c/o New York Buddhist Church
331-332 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 100025
Tel (212) 6780305
Fax (212) 662-4502

May 10, 2002

Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
c/o The Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
3510 International Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dear Madame Prime Minister

We, the members of the Buddhism Council of New York, deeply deplore the
brutal slaying by Bangladesh militants of Buddhist monk Gyana Jyoti
Mahathero, of Hingala in Raujan Chittagong at approximately midnight, April
21, 2002.

The internet reverberates with instances of hundreds of Bengali settlers
set upon by paramilitary forces and executed for nothing other than their
beliefs.

There are reports of your troops committing rape, torture, and summary
execution of innocents for several years. We express our grave concern for
the safety and security of the Buddhism and other ethnic religious minority
communities in the region and all over the Bangladesh.

Why are Hindu, Christian and Buddhist minorities under constant threat in
your country? And why are there so many refugees fleeing to India? Is
there really anything to fear from religious minorities?

We would like to request that you consider an impartial and open
investigation into these reports and punish those responsible.

We would appreciate an answer from you.

Sincerely,

Reverend T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki,
President
Buddhist Council of New York

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

For more information, please contact, Ratan Kumar Barua, human rights
activist and former Secretary General of Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar
Sangha a regional center of the World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth in
Bangladesh, 177 Church Street, New York, NY
10007. E-mail <ratan-barua@hotmail.com> Also visit <www.jumma people’s
alliance> and <www.hrcbm.org>


Please visit our newly established websites!

Buddhist Relief Mission <http://www.brelief.org>
Burmese Relief Center--USA <http://www.brelief.net>
Relief Notes 2002 <http://home.earthlink.net/~brelief/>


Further information:
http://google.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=OPPRESSION+of+BUDDHISTS+IN+BANGLADESH&hc=0&hs=0

 


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