Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: The UK based human rights organisation Jumma Peoples Network UK in association with Survival International organised a peaceful demonstration outside the Bangladesh High Commission in London on 15 March 2018.
The protest was organised to condemn the physical assault on Chakma Queen Rani Yan Yan committed on 15 February 2018 at the Rangamati General Hospital and rape & sexual assault on two indigenous Marma sisters on 22 January 2018, by Bangladesh security forces.
Kumar Sivasish Roy, Ujjaini Roy and Lal Amlai from Jumma Peoples Network UK, Chris Chapman from Amnesty International, James Swapan Peris from Campaign for the Protection of Religious Minorities of Bangladesh and Rebecca Durand, a human rights activist spoke at the event. Members from the Nirmul Committee, Community Women Against Abuse, Jumma Community and other human rights activists were also present.
Two minutes’ silence was observed as a mark of respect for the victims of rape and sexual assault and to express solidarity with Rani Yan Yan and other women Human Rights defenders.
At the end of the protest, a joint petition by Survival International and Jumma Peoples Network UK was submitted to the Bangladesh High Commission to be delivered to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.