Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque today said the government is working to earn international recognition for observing March 25 as the ‘International Genocide Day’.
“A convention on genocide was held on 9th December in Geneva, Switzerland. And since then, that day is being observed as the International Genocide Day” globally, he added.
The minister said there is no ground for observing December 9 as the Genocide Day, adding the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Liberation Affairs have been working relentlessly to get the international recognition to observe March 25 as the International Genocide Day.
He was addressing a discussion meeting and a photo exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs on the occasion of the Genocide Day in front of Shikha Chirantan in Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman attended the meeting as special discussant with Secretary of the Ministry Apurup Chowdhury in the chair.
Among others, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Liberation War Affairs Ministry Captain (retd) AB Tajul Islam, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof. Dr. Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman, Lt. General (retd) Kazi Sajjad Ali Zahir, Awami League Advisory Council member Professor Dr. Khandaker Bazlul Haque and freedom fighter Shahjahan Mia spoke at the function.
Mozammel said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman had constructed a children’s park at the place where Bangabandhu stood to deliver the historic March 7 speech to destroy the memorial site.
The minister said that the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman delivered the March 7 speech from this historic Suhrawardy Udyan and the Pakistani occupation forces surrendered there.
He said former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced the withdrawal of Indian troops from Bangladesh from this historic place.
Mostafizur Rahman said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has led the country in line with the spirit of the Liberation War and also the struggle for economic freedom as dreamt by Bangabandhu.