Atrocities against Ethnic Minorities in Bangladesh – NEFIS Statement

April 17, 2017

*NEFIS CONDEMNS MODI GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO RAISE THE ISSUE OF ATROCITIES
AGAINST THE ETHNIC MINORITIES IN BANGLADESH DURING SHEIKH HASINA’S VISIT!*

In the recently concluded deals with the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh
Hasina, India has renounced its duty to raise the issue of violence and
atrocities committed against ethnic minorities in Bangladesh, most notably
against the Chakma and Santhal tribal communities. It should be known that
in Bangladesh, there has been a huge surge in atrocities against minorities
and tribal communities in recent times, an issue against which the Indian
Government failed to speak during the present visit of Bangladesh PM.

The government however, actively pursuing the agenda of Indian businessmen
inked business deals with Bangladesh PM. The issue of grave atrocities
which should have been pro-actively taken up by the present BJP Government
was neglected in order to create a convenient atmosphere for inking of
deals which would be of no profit to the common people of both countries.
Rather than building up a bond of solidarity with the exploited and
victimized people in our neighbour countries, the Govt sees it fit to just
be a tool for furthering the exploitative interests of Indian business
class. North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) therefore
strongly condemns the neglect of BJP Govt to raise the issue of violence
committed against the ethnic minorities, especially against Chakma and
Santhal communities in Bangladesh.