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Int'l day to commemorate genocides tomorrow

DHAKA, Dec 8, 2016 (BSS) - Bangladesh joins other countries of the world to recall the genocides carried out across the globe as the second 'International Day of Commemoration of Victims of Genocide and of its Prevention' will be observed tomorrow.

Different originations have chalked out various programmes as the day, December 9, coincides with a day in the month of Victory.

On December 16, 1971, Bangladesh achieved independence from Pakistan through a nine-month bloodstained battle as three million people laid down their lives and hundreds of thousands of women's sacrificed supreme honor.

The Liberation War Museum has drawn up an elaborate programme to observe the day in a befitting manner. The programme includes candle lighting, reading from essays, discussion, screening of documentaries on genocide and staging drama at Mirpur Jalladkhana Killing ground here.

Liberation War Museum trustees poet and architect Robiul Hussain and H Akku Chowdhury will join the discussion while elocutionist Maksud-e-Sattar Kallol and Tamanna Sarwar Nipa will read essays. Later, "Frozen Tears" a documentary on Jalladkhana killing ground will be screened.

Genocide' 71 Foundation, US will observe the international day amid different programmes in New York tomorrow. Seminar, discussion and cultural function will be held to recall the martyrs in genocides.

The organization will press home for demands including international recognition of genocide launched by Pakistani occupational force in Bangladesh in 1971, trial of 195 listed Pakistani army personnel on charge of war crimes, realizing Taka 37, 000 crore owed by Bangladesh from Pakistan, sharing of assets, taking up responsibilities of women violation and war children due to the rape of women during War of Liberation.

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution entitled, "International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime," at the 103rd plenary meeting of its 69th session on September 11 last year.

The resolution, which was initiated by Armenia, comes months after the adoption of another important resolution-also initiated by Armenia-that was adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in March 2015.

The U.N. Human Rights Council then recommended that the U.N. General Assembly designate an International Day. The U.N. General Assembly resolution adds to the continued efforts of Armenia to promote consolidated international action against the crime of genocide.

Introducing the draft resolution on behalf of 84 co-sponsors from all regional groups, Armenia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, noted that "millions of human lives have been lost as a result of the most horrendous crime-the crime of genocide- that humankind has to its shame demonstrated ability to commit."

"We believe the International Day will serve an important platform for prevention by way of commemoration," added Mnatsakanyan, as the designated day, Dec. 9, is the date when the U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted in 1948.