FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 18, 2008
CONTACT: DR. RICHARD L. BENKIN, drrbenkin@comcast.net; 847-922-6426; http://www.InterfaithStrength.com

Repeal Bangladesh's Racist Vested Property Act Now! Bangladesh's VESTED PROPERTY ACT, enacted in 1974, is a blatant form of ethnic cleansing. It is a re-drawn version of Pakistan's ENEMY PROPERTY ACT. Established in 1965, that act was intended explicitly as retaliation against Hindus for Pakistan's defeat that year in its war with India. It has successfully rid Pakistan of all but a tiny number of Hindus who continue to face anti-Hindu pressure. Imagine if your country had a law that allowed it to seize the land and property of anyone not a member of the majority religion; and then simply distribute it to members of the majority religion as so much graft. I'm sure you can't, but that is Bangladesh's Vested Property Act. Bangladeshi Islamists and others in the government continue using this law to further brutalize and oust or kill religious minorities. There will be more about at this site. Where are the so-called defenders of human rights, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch? Together, they can boast of doing nothing besides issuing period statements that have no force.

The web site Drishtipat, which calls itself the "voice for human rights in Bangladesh," has reproduced the text of the Vested Property Act in its entirety. Click here to read it. You also can read more about this racist law by clicking clicking here. Flood them with protests and ask others to do the same until the din of protest their continued support for this racist law is heard all the way to Dhaka! You also can fax the embassy at 202-244-2771. If you live outside the United States and want information about how to contact the Bangladesh embassy in your country (or any other information about this law), contact me.

If the Bangladeshis continue to ignore pleas of simple humanity, more actions will be taken, so keep checking this web site.

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