Tuesday, December 11, 2007

War Crime Seminar in London


Wed 12 Dec 2007, 5pm
Brady Centre, 192 Hanbury Street. E1 5HU

Guest Speakers:

Jeremy Seabrook – author of ‘Freedom Unfinished: Fundamentalism and Popular Resistance in Bangladesh Today’
Dr Ahmed Zia - Bangladesh Centre for Genocide Studies, Belgium
Murad Qureshi AM - Labour Group, LONDON ASSEMBLY
Gita Sahgal - Head of the Gender Unit, Amnesty International
Martin Bright – Political Editor, Newstatesman (tbc)
Chris Blackburn - political intelligence analyst
Cllr Ayub Korom Ali, Newham Labour & Cllr Salim Ullah, Tower Hamlets Labour & Cllr Shahid Ali, Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor

Followed by performamce - Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi UK branch & Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts

During the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh millions Bengalis were killed and thousands of women were raped by the occupying military of Pakistan and their local collaborating para militia forces known as Razakars, Al Badr & Al Shams (members of Jamaat-e-Islam, Muslim League, Nezami Islam and other sectarian fundamentalist groups). The Military and the majority of the local collaborators never stood trial for their war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. A number of alleged war criminals fled Bangladesh immediately after the war and took refuge in the UK. In recent times the fundamentalists have re-emerged as an organised dark force in Bangladesh. The sectarian fundamentalists want to cripple and destroy Bangladesh and everything it stands for - democracy, freedom, equality and tolerance. In the UK a number of Bengali political & campaigning groups have organised a public meeting, in solidarity with the families who lost their loved ones, to demand that the war criminals (including alleged war criminals who are now residing in the UK) and killers of 1971 be put on trial (under Geneva convention) for crimes committed against humanity.

Organised by:
for the
Realization of Bangladesh War Ideals & Trials of Bangladesh war criminals of 1971

Supported by:
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi UK branch & Soytten Sen School of Performing Arts performance, Muktijoddah Sangsad, Nirmul Committee, Muktijuddho o Ganomukti Andolon , Awami League, Communist Party of Bangladesh, National Socialist Party, Bangladesh Socialist Party, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, Bangladesh Workers Party, Gono Forum, Jubo League, Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council- Student & Youth Front, Drishtipat, Shofiqur Rahman Chowdhury, Tunu Miah, Showgatul Anwar Khan & Nari Chetona

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