Bangladesh wants UN to declare March 25 as Genocide Day in remembrance of 1971 | World News - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Bangladesh wants UN to declare March 25 as Genocide Day in remembrance of 1971

Dhaka | ByPTI
Mar 23, 2017 09:18 PM IST

The Pakistan Army launched their infamous ‘Operation Searchlight’ on March 25 to suppress Bengali people’s calls for self-determination, killing over 20,000 people alone in Dhaka. Officially three million people were killed in the subsequent nine-month Liberation War.

Bangladesh on Thursday said it would reach out to the UN to declare March 25 as Genocide Day globally, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistan Army on the same day in 1971.

Indian soldiers helping East Pakistan citizens during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.(Getty Images)
Indian soldiers helping East Pakistan citizens during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.(Getty Images)

“The letter is ready... it will be sent to the United Nations by this month,” liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq told reporters.

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

“A delegation will go to the UN this month with a proposal to observe March 25 as Genocide Day globally while the foreign ministry, through the Bangladesh embassies and high commissions across the world, will campaign to get support from other countries in favour of our proposal.”     

The UN General Assembly in 2015 declared December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

The minister said no genocide took place on December 9 “but here in Bangladesh we witnessed one in March 25, 1971”.

“So, we will propose the UN to shift the Genocide Day to March 25,” Huq said.

The Bangladesh Parliament earlier this month unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as the Genocide Day.

The Pakistani army launched their infamous ‘Operation Searchlight’ on March 25 to suppress Bengali people’s calls for self-determination, killing over 20,000 people alone in Dhaka.

Officially three million people were killed in the subsequent nine-month Liberation War.

Tell us what your First Vote will stand for in a short video & get a chance to be featured on HT’s social media handles. Click here to know more!

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections 2024, Lok sabha election 2024 voting live , Karnataka election 2024 live in Bengaluru , Election 2024 Date along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, May 26, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On