Published:  12:07 AM, 09 November 2018

Ensure safety of the minorities during election period

Rights defenders urge govt

Speakers at a roundtable discussion underscored the need for ensuring security of the people belonging to different ethnic minority groups during the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections.

"Political leaders of all levels should ensure security of the ethnic minority groups living in their respective areas during the upcoming general elections," addressing the discussion, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon said.

Menon underpinned the need for formulating an anti-discrimination act and establishing an ethnic minority commission for ensuring security of the country's ethnic minority groups. Sharee, a human rights organization, organized the discussion titled 'National Election-2018 and Security of Ethnic Minority" at VIP lounge of the Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday with its Executive Director Preo Bala Biswas in the chair.

National Human Rights Commission Chairman Reazul Hoque said the ethnic minority groups should come forward in realizing their demands instead of putting them into a state of frustration.

In the discussion, human rights activist Sultana Kamal urged the political parties not to give nomination to any communal-person in the upcoming general election. Conducted by the Daily Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, Professor of DU History Department Mesbah Kamal presented a concept paper in the discussion.

Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad General Secretary Advocate Rana Dasgupta, Farida Yasmin, Dr Meghna Guhathakurta, Khandaker Muniruzz-aman and Nirmal Rosario took part in the discussion, among others.

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