To the Bangladesh Government: Give Hindu minorities their lands back!

We are posting this news shared by the Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD).

ALRD Executive Director Shamsul Huda, second from the left, reading the written statement on the history of Vested Property Act and public sufferings in the roundtable.   Photo by ALRD.

ALRD Executive Director Shamsul Huda, second from the left, reading the written statement on the history of Vested Property Act and public sufferings in the roundtable.
Photo by ALRD.

Politicians, minority and IP leaders, lawyers, journalists, professors, and land rights activists gathered in a roundtable discussion on Fifty years of notorious enemy (vested) property act: Public sufferings organized by ALRD and Vested Property Return Act Implementation National Citizen Coordination Cell[1] on 14 September 2015 in Dhaka.

Keynote Speaker, ALRD Executive Director Shamsul Huda, portrayed the persecution of the Hindu minorities as they try to get their properties back that once were branded enemy properties under the Enemy Property Act (known as the Vested Property Act)[2], enforced during the 17-day long Pakistan-India war in 1965.

While Pakistan government took over the lands and properties of Hindus who left the country for India or stayed there at that time, lands were never given back to them, he adds.

To date, thousands of cases are now pending in the tribunal for resolution under the Vested Property Return (Amendment) Act, 2011.[3]

Participants urged for prime minister’s intervention in implementing the Vested Property Return Act, 2011 for the protection of rights of minorities so that communities could get back their lands without harassment.

[1] Consists of the following organizations: Hindu Bouddha Khristan Oikko Parishad, Association for Land Reform and Development (ALRD), Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST), Orpito Sompotti Ain Protirodh Andolon (ASAPA), Nijera Kori, Human Development Research Centre (HDRC), and Sommilito Samajik Andolon.

[2] An Act allowing the Government to confiscate property from individuals it deems as an enemy of the state.

[3] An Act enabling the return of property acquired from the country’s Hindu minority.

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