“Dear Peace Loving People of the World,
The Executive Communities of International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), United Religions Initiative (URI) and Religions for Peace (RfP) Bangladesh in an emergency joint meeting condemned with the strongest possible language against the atrocities done towards the Hindu communities in the recent past particularly, on the 2nd November, 2013 in Pabna (Northern Part of Bangladesh).
The members present urged upon the Govt. of Bangladesh and the people of conscience to come forward so that such kinds of atrocities towards the Hindu communities cannot take place in future. They condemned the Islamic political party namely, Jamat-e-Islam of Bangladesh and its students wing SHIBIR for creating all these heinous acts which are against Human Rights, Religious Freedom and especially against the teachings of Islam, which is, in truest sense of the term, a Religion of Peace.
The meeting was presided over by [Chair of IARF Bangladesh Chapter] Dr. Kazi Nurul Islam, Professor and Founding Chair, Department of World Religions and Culture; and Director, Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, University of Dhaka.
Yours in Peace: Md. Abu Taher, a Human Rights Activist of Bangladesh”.
On its 83rd anniversary, we remember Professor L. van Holk’s (1893-1982) historic protest speech against the persecution of Jews at Leiden University. The International Association