US President Joe Biden’s Special Envoy for Religious Freedom Rashad Hossain has said that there are incidents of persecution of minorities all over the world. The United States is aware of human rights abuses and is trying to stand by them.
On Sunday, Biden’s special envoy met with central leaders of the Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council of Bangladesh at the Oikya Parishad office in the capital’s Paltan Tower. At this time he said these things.
A statement from Oikya Parishad said that during the nearly hour-long meeting, Rashad Hossain was briefed on religious freedom in Bangladesh. Rashad Hossain was accompanied by US Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Haas.
“My family and I have moved to the United States from Bihar, India, and have been granted citizenship,” said Biden’s special envoy. Its constitution guarantees equal rights and opportunities for all citizens. That is why I am here today, nominated by the President of the United States. One of the basic purposes of the constitution is to ensure the rights of minorities.
He said that not only the government but also the civil society has to come forward to change the psychological issues of the society.
Rashad Hossain also mentioned the persecution of Muslims in China and the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar. He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was important for the United States.
Rana Dasgupta, General Secretary of Oikya Parishad, said that increasing communalism and fundamentalist activities have put Bangladesh’s religious-ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples in a crisis of existence.
Ushatan Talukder, Nimchandra Bhowmik, Nirmal Rosario, Deepen Chatterjee, Ashok Barua, Manindra Kumar Nath and Nirmal Chatterjee of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Parishad took part in the exchange of views.