September 23, 2022
DHAKA – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh is working for getting recognition of March 25 as the International Genocide Day by all the countries in the world.
“The Genocide of Bangladesh committed in 1971 by the Pakistani military is one of the most heinous crimes in human history … we do not know of another instance of such barbarism of such intensity and mayhem,” he said.
The foreign minister made the remark through a video message at a seminar titled International Seminar titled, “Remember and Recognize: The Case of Bangladesh Genocide of 1971”, which was held at the Human Rights Museum, Winnipeg in Canada on Wednesday, according to a press release received in Dhaka yesterday (September 22, 2022).
The High Commission for Bangladesh in Canada and the Bangabandhu Centre for Bangladesh Studies (BCBS) in Canada, Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh, Genocide Studies Centre, University of Dhaka, Refugees Resilience Centre, and Rotary Club Canada jointly organised the day-long seminar on remembering and recognition of the case of Bangladesh Genocide.
Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen spoke from New York virtually as a special guest while Bangladesh High Commissioner to Canada Khalilur Rahman and BCBS Chief Patron in Canada Dr Kawser Ahmed gave introductory remarks.
Some members of the victim families of the Liberation War also spoke at the seminar.
Professor Dr Nuzhat Chowdhury described the abduction of her father Dr Alim Chowdhury by collaborators of Pakistan military, the Razakars, and his subsequent brutal killing just before the independence of Bangladesh.
She explained the international politics behind the dilemma of getting Bangladesh Genocide recognised and urged for end to such realpolitik.
Dr Tawheed Reza Noor, son of Sirajuddin Hossain, described his father’s abduction and killing. Martyr Sirajuddin Hossain was a prominent journalist.
He described how the Bengali intellectuals were made victim of genocide committed by Pakistani military.