Professor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) on Sunday said that the path to getting UN recognition of the genocide committed in Bangladesh in 1971 is not smooth.
"So, we have to work together to meet our demand," he said, while addressing a coordination meeting organised by Amra Ekattor, an organization based on the ideology of the Liberation War on the occasion of the preparation of International Genocide Remembrance Day on 9th December.
Therefore, the new generation should also be included in the realisation of this demand along with various organizations based on the liberation war. All must stand on a common platform and work together, he added.
"No recognition has come easy. We have to keep fighting so international bodies like the UN can recognise the genocide of 1971," he added.
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He emphasized on increasing international communication at public and private levels including discussion, research, and publication on genocide issues. He also assured that Dhaka University will work as a leading party in realizing this demand.
Bangabandhu professor Muntasir Mamun, the trustee of the 1971 Genocide-Torture Archive and Museum, said that recognition must first be obtained from the friendly countries of the liberation war to speed up the efforts to obtain UN recognition of the genocide,
"To speed up the efforts to obtain UN recognition of the genocide, recognition must first be got from the friendly countries of the liberation war, said Muntasir Mamun.
The general secretary of Bangabandhu Parishad, Prof. AB M Farooq, suggested various things including making documentaries on genocide in English for publicity in the international level.
Considering its horror in 1971, three international organizations ' Lemkin Institute', 'Genocide Watch' and 'International Coalition for Sites of Conscience' have already recognised it as genocide.
Since 2017, March 25 is observed as National Genocide Day in Bangladesh.