Ex-Dutch MP Bommel says 1971 Bangladesh genocide will get global recognition
Dhaka: Former Member of Dutch Parliament and human rights activists Harry van Bommel on Sunday said the genocide which occured in Bangladesh by the Pakistani Army in 1971 will get global recognition.
"Even if it takes a hundred years to get global recognition of the Armenian Genocide, I hope it will not take that long in the case of Bangladeshi Genocide. We want to have it within a few years, not even decades", Bommel told a press conference at Jatiya press club here as quoted by BSS.
The press conference was conducted by Amra Ekattor, Projonmo Ekattor and the European Bangladesh Forum (EBF), a platform of the Bangladeshi diaspora in Europe.
To gather global public opinion in favor of Bangladeshi Genocide, the conference is being arranged at Dhaka University campus, organizers said in the conference.
Harry van Bommel said cold war and the then global superpower, the United States, support to Pakistan is the reason why Bangladeshi Genocide has not been recognised globally even after fifty-one years of independence, reports BSS.
"In 1971, the US extended their cooperation to Pakistan directly providing arms while India was with Russia at that time. That's why US has been pretending to know nothing about the genocide even though they have been well aware of everything," Bommel, adding, "West's friendship with Pakistan is the reason of this dilemma".