A campaign meeting to get international community to recognise Bangladesh genocide was held on 3
September at Churchill College, East London by the International Forum for Secular Bangladesh.
Keynote paper was presented by Forum’s central President, human rights activist Shahriar Kabir. He
said, on 11 March, this year, the Bangladesh Parliament passed a resolution calling on the government
to observe 25 March as Genocide Day. The govern- ment of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the demand
and said it would send two senior officials to the UN headquarters in New York and the UN Human Rights Council
office in Gene- va for international recognition of the day. The Forum has been observing this day for a number
of years and have been demanding the day be named Bangladesh Genocide Day. (
During the nine-month-long Bangladesh Liberation War occupying Pakistani military killed up to 3
million innocent people and raped between 250,000 and 400,000 Bengali women in a systematic campaign
of genocidal rape. Shahriar Kabir said we need the world community to recognise this crime
committed in order to get justice for the victims and their families. The seminar was chaired by honourary
President of the Forum Ishaque Kajol and conducted by executive President Sued Enam Islam.
Guests in attendance were renowned columnist Abdul Gaffar Choudhury and pro-liberation activist
Sultan Shariff. Ansar Ahmed Ullah of European Bangladesh Forum (EBF) also spoke on the occasion.