LONDON, MARCH 15: Jumma Peoples Network UK, a non-profit, non-aligned human rights organisation based in the UK, in association with Survival International organised a peaceful demonstration outside the Bangladesh High Commission, 28 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5JA on Thursday 15 March 2018.
This event was to condemn the physical assault on Chakma Queen Rani Yan Yan committed on 15 February 2018 at the Rangamati General Hospital and rape and sexual assault on two indigenous Marma sisters on 22 January 2018, by Bangladesh Security Forces. This attack took place in their home in Orasori village in Rangamati Hill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.
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 women human rights activist spoke at the event. Members from Nirmul Committee, Community Women Against Abuse, Jumma Community, and well-wishers were also present there.
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 rally, 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.