“Crimes against humanity anywhere at any point in time are crimes against humanity and civilisation for all times” – Anonymous
The government’s decision to observe March 25 as “Genocide Day” is highly significant and adds another key milestone in highlighting our national history. The genocide by Pakistan occupation forces was unprecedented and most brutal in contemporary history.
In terms of intensity, scale, and magnitude, the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh manifests one of the most aggressive violations of human rights this century.
The March 25, 1971 genocide was aimed not only at killing millions, but also at dismantling democratic process and institutions, wiping out human rights reflected in International Human Rights covenants and the UN Charter itself.
Marking March 25 as “Genocide Day” would not only add value to the momentum of reflecting our historic struggle for freedom, but would also facilitate enhancing the level of global awareness, understanding, and reflection on how the people of Bangladesh resisted the occupation forces.
On one hand, this will remind the international community of the crimes and atrocities committed by Pakistan occupation forces, and on the other, widen information and knowledge of the international community with regards to the core historical objectives, principles, facts, and realities based on which Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign, independent state.
It is extremely important to deeply explore the insights of our statehood through the War of Liberation, the historic leadership of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the supreme sacrifices of our freedom fighters, as well as the valuable role, contribution, and engagement of all segments of society.
Dhaka Tribune, March 24, 2017