Alexa ‘Violent conflict likely if Rohingya crisis not resolved’

Dhaka, Friday   06 December 2019

International Conference on Genocide

‘Violent conflict likely if Rohingya crisis not resolved’

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:04 PM, 22 November 2019  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

“If there is no international solution to the Rohingya crisis ‘Violent Conflict’ may occur in South Asian countries. It is in the interest of SAARC to solve this crisis” — the speakers said this at an International Conference on Genocide at the capital’s Bangla Academy.

The 1971 Genocide-Torture Archive & Museum Trust organized a two-day conference on Friday in the theme — ‘The Genocide of 1971, Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh, and the Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’. 

State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid inaugurated the conference at 10:00 am, chaired by Professor Dr Muntassir Mamoon. Former Appellate Division Judge AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik was present the keynote paper while Artist Hashem Khan made the welcome speech, Indian journalist and writer Hiranmaya Karmakar gave the greeting speech.

Commemorating the 1971 Genocide, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid said, “In my constituency, there are 17 slaughterhouses within 20 kilometers of a single upazila. 165 people were killed in one slaughterhouse.” 

“When Mymensingh became independent on December 10, I was released from Pakistani torture camp. I came to Mymensingh by walking from the Agricultural University. Then on the way, there were hundreds of bodies in rest houses and in the char of Brahmaputra,” said the State Minister for Cultural Affairs.  

Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Professor Muntasir Mamun, said “If there is no international solution to the Rohingya crisis, there will soon be several violent conflicts in SAARC countries. From there militant, radical work will begin and India, Bangladesh will not be excluded. So, the crisis must be solved in the interest of SAARC”.   

The OIC-affiliated country Gambia has already sued Myanmar at ‘The International Court of Justice’ at  Hague over ethnic oppression in Rakhine State.

If we go to the International Court today to prosecute the murderers, I believe we will be able to prosecute the Pakistanis for their role in the war, said Muntasir Mamun said, mentioning that case, “The military junta of Myanmar would not have dared to do this if they could judge the Pakistanis.”

The government’s ministers also say that more than seven lakh Rohingyas who have taken refuge in Bangladesh are gradually becoming a threat to socio-economic stability, he said.

He also mentioned that the regime of Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia made ‘forgotten’ the history of genocide during the Great Liberation War

If Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia would not come to power, then Nizami would not come to power, we could remember the martyrs of 1971, he said adding, “They (BNP-Jamaat) made forgotten our history. We are highlighting again so that the new generation remembers – how many tears, how much pain are behind the creation of this state.” 

In his original article, retired Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik said that people of different countries protested against the genocide of Pakistani forces during the War of Liberation.

More than half a hundred writers, researchers from the UK, Myanmar, Cambodia, Italy, India and Bangladesh attended the two-day conference.