Mr. Chair, I will now provide some examples and quotes from the international media to give you a sense of what is happening at the societal level. The ruling parties celebrated their election victory in the following way:
(i)Nearly "200 Hindu women were gang raped by Muslim men" in Char Fashion, Bhola, in one night at a single spot (The Daily Star, Nov.16, 2001).
(ii)The cadres of BNP have murdered minority intellectuals, monks and priests (see, e.g., The Daily Star, Nov.17, 2001; BBC News, Nov.17, 2001; The Daily Star, April 24, 2002)
(iii)On June 3, 2001, the Islamic terrorists bombed a Catholic church in Baniar Char, Gopalgonj, killing 10 and injuring 20 (Country Report on Human Rights Practices – ‘01, ‘03, US Department of State).
In December 1992, by flouting the letter 17 US congressmen wrote to Khaleda Zia on November 13, 1992, urging that she “rectify the mistreatment of the minorities” in the country, she encouraged the cadres of her party, BNP, to conduct a countrywide pogrom against the minorities in which 15 people were murdered, several hundred injured, 2600 women raped, 3600 temples razed, and 200,000 people internally displaced.
The Islamic nationalists/extremists have levied infidel taxes on the minorities.
The Islamic nationalists/extremists have told the Christians and asked them to give them their women if they failed to pay the tax (Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Dec. 13, 2001).
The cadres of BNP have even gang-raped mother and daughter together with the parents forced to watch; and they have raped mothers in front of their children (see, e.g., The Daily Janakantha, Feb. 5, 2002; April 22, 2002).
The ruling government has failed/refused to investigate the atrocities and rehabilitate the victims of religious and ethnic cleansing (see, e. g., Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's response to Amnesty International's in The Daily Prothom Alo, Jan 13, 2003).
On August 23, 2004, for example, the armed cadres of the ruling BNP torched 22 houses of minority Hindus, injured 20 villagers, and looted cash, crops and cattle in a remote village under Pirgachha upazila. "Eyewitnesses said a group of 35 to 40 BNP activists armed with machetes, swords and daggers cordoned the Hindu-majority Adam Sarkerpara village in the afternoon and set fire to the houses of eight Hindu families after spraying gasoline and kerosene on them" (The Daily Star, August 24, 2004).
On Nov. 19, 2003, eleven members of a Hindu family, which included a 4-day-old infant and 75-year-old man, were burned alive by Muslim terrorists, who had come carrying inflammable agents with them. These terrorists did not touch any of their assets. “In Southern Shadhanpur under Banshkhali police station early today, locals alleged that police did not rush the scene even after repeated requests from the villagers” (The Bangladesh Observer, Nov. 20, '03; The Economist (Asia), Nov. 29, 2003).
On January 24, 2004, Islamic terrorists torched Hindu temples and several houses in Chittagong (The Daily Star, Jan. 5, 2004). As the fire raged, they did not allow anyone to approach it so everything would completely perish.
In Natoore, 50 Islamic terrorists, led by a BNP leader Mr. Moslem Uddin, set ablaze 20 Hindu houses in broad daylight ( PTI/Hindustan times, Jan. 2, 2004)
On November 22, 2003, Islamic terrorists razed 12 temples in three villages under the Union Council of Aintara in the Upazila of Mirjapur, chopped the deities with machetes and threw them away into the river. No action was taken up until the time of writing this report six days after the incident (The