Speakers at a seminar have urged the United Nations to take steps to recognise as genocide the mass killing that Pakistani occupation army committed in Bangladesh on March 25, 1971.
They made the call at the seminar on ‘1971 Genocide in Bangladesh’ organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) at its auditorium in the capital on Sunday.UN Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and Director General AKM Abdur Rahman and Centre for Genocide Studies Director Mofidul Islam, among others, spoke on the occasion.
In his speech, Mofidul said the issue of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh was widely discussed among the international community. Over three million people were killed by Pakistani occupation forces during the liberation war.
Now time has come to get an international recognition of this genocide, he added.
Addressing the event, Munshi Faiz said everyone knows Pakistani army in collusion with local collaborators carried out genocide during the liberation war targeting the best sons of the soil.
“The United Nations should recognise all the genocides, including the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh, across the world,” he said.
About the genocide against Rohingyas by the Myanmar army, the BIISS chairman said the UN should take necessary steps to declare the Rohingya killing as genocide.The BIISS director general said as over three million people were killed in the liberation war, the international community should recognise it as genocide.
Speaking on the occasion, Adama Dieng said his key job is to work on preventing genocide. It is required to take steps at the very beginning of any kind of mass killing.
About the recognition of the March 25 mass killing in 1971 as genocide, UN special adviser said it can be raised in the international forum.
Reading out the message from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued on the Mass Killing Day, Shahidul Haque said the Pakistani army killed three million people and set afire to a large number of houses during the war.
In the world history, the carnages committed by the Pakistani occupation forces on the night of 25 March, is one of the most brutal and bloodiest events the world has ever witnessed.