Human Rights Watch Reports on Persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims

June 16, 2005

Source: The Guardian,3604,1507451,00.html

On June 16, 2005 The Guardian reported, "A minority Muslim sect in Bangladesh is living in fear after a campaign of violence and widespread intimidation organised by Islamists with close links to the government, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch. The country's 100,000 Ahmadiyyas, Muslims who broke away from mainstream Islam a century ago and believe Mohammed is not the last prophet of god, say human rights activists have been murdered, turned away from schools and their mosques closed down. Although small in number, the Ahmadiya community contains many thinkers and intellectuals...Human Rights Watch claims that the Bangladeshi government has turned a blind eye to the violence because it has drawn support from anti-Ahmadi groups. Recently a minister condoned a ban on Ahmadiyya publications, saying that it was what the majority wanted."