Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Bangladeshis Urge UN to Investigate 1971 Genocide

International Club for Peace and Research

Today during the speech of H.E Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of People's Republic of Bangladesh at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, ICPR (International Club for Peace and Research) in cooperation with US Citizens of Bangladeshi descent demonstrated outside the United Nations Headquarters to protest against human rights violations in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) that took place in 1971 which can be considered as the most concentrated act of genocide in the twentieth century. In an attempt to crush forces seeking independence for East Pakistan, the West Pakistani military regime unleashed a systematic campaign of mass murder which aimed at killing millions of Bengalis, and likely succeeded in doing so.

The representatives also condemned the brutal police/paramilitary operation resulting in the death of scores of innocent civilians including children and women of all ages. The siege by the police force that lasted for several months was an ordeal of worst form of human rights violations witnessed by the 1.7 million inhabitants in its entire history including the periods of military dictatorships of the past.

Participants also condemned in the strongest terms the opportunistic policies of the then ruling Pakistan Govt. and President for selling out lives of Bengali Muslims and other Hindu inhabitants of Pakistan to the Pakistani army.

The purpose of the demonstration was to raise awareness of the grave human rights abuses carried out by the hands of Pakistani Army in 1971 for crushing the Bengali Political Movements. The group also urged the United Nations and International Communities present there to find justice and seek the culprits.

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