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Last updated: 10 April, 2006 - Published 14:01 GMT
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Chitagong Buddhists seek UN help
Buddhist monks
Bangladeshi monks say Buddhists are under attack by Muslims
Buddhists in Bangladesh have called upon United Nations to help protect a minority community under attack by Bangladeshi Muslims.

Bhikku Organisation of Chitagong Hills accused the Muslim residents of assaulting Buddhists and raping women.

Addressing a media conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Colin Chakma thero said more than 50 Jumma Buddhists were injured and four women were raped in an attack in Ahmed Miyan on 03 April.

The Muslims were angry after a failed attempt to capture a Buddhist children’s home in the area, according to Jumma Buddhists.

Speaking in Sinhala, Chakma thero accused the authorities of ‘colonising’ the area with Muslims.

“Nearly 400,000 Bengali Muslims were settled in Jumma Buddhists’ lands,” he said.

He also accused the government army of carrying out a policy of “ethnic cleansing”.

The press conference was organised by Sinhala nationalist Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) party.

Condemning the treatment meted out to Jumma Buddhists, JHU General Secretary Kotapola Amarakiththi thero urged Bangladeshi authorities to protect minority community.

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