Bangladesh: The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Andalib Elias, has conveyed that the nation has been demanding to declare March 25 as World Genocide Day in front of the United Nations (UN).
On his part, High Commissioner Elias noted that Bangladesh has been observing March 25 as the genocide day for the nation since 2017. As a nation, we have been demanding two things from the UN, one is to declare the day world genocide day, and the other is to acknowledge the incident in Bangladesh in 1971 as a mass genocide.
As per the reports, Pakistan Army surrendered to the force of joint India-Bangladesh on December 16, 1971, formally making Bangladesh a new country under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.
The High Commissioner, Elias, further recalled that Pakistan Army attacked the unarmed population of the nation during midnight and ended up killing around thousands of innocent people and killed nearly nine million people in Bangladesh in the next nine months. The dark incident is considered as the most brutal genocide ever.
Meanwhile, a demonstration at the Broken Chair Square was held by the International Forum for Secular Bangladesh (IFSB) Switzerland on Saturday in front of the United Nation’s building in Geneva while demanding recognition as the day of Genocide executed by the Pakistan Army in 1971.
In front of the UN office, around 25 diasporas of Bangladesh gathered from Europe and asked for justice against the Genocide in 1971. Since 2017, the day has been considered ‘Genocide Day’ against the attacks committed by Pakistan Army on civilians on March 25, 1971, ’s midnight, during the launched operation named ‘Operation Searchlight’ to crush the Bengali nationalist movement in Dhaka.
During the protest, Leaders of all European Freedom Fighter Sangsad of Bangladesh participated along with league members of Awami from Switzerland and international NGOs. A Bangladeshi freedom fighter named Tazul Islam has demanded UN Human Rights declare March 25 as “Bangladesh Genocide Day”.