Genocide Day commemorated across Bangladesh

Nation remembers atrocities of 1971

Staff Reporter :
The nation solemnly observed Genocide Day yesterday, reflecting on the heinous acts perpetrated by the Pakistani occupation army during the infamous ‘Operation Searchlight’ on March 25, 1971.

This day serves as a poignant reminder of the brutality inflicted upon unarmed Bangalees, marking a dark chapter in the nation’s history.

The government undertook various programmes to honour the memory of the victims at the state level, underscoring the significance of remembering and acknowledging the atrocities committed.

As part of the commemoration, a symbolic one-minute ‘blackout’ was observed nationwide from 11:00 p.m. to 11:01 p.m., paying homage to those who lost their lives in the tragic events of 1971.

President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued special messages separately, emphasising the importance of commemorating Genocide Day.

President Shahabuddin described the events of 1971 as a sombre chapter not only in Bangladesh’s history but also in the annals of world humanity.

He condemned ongoing genocides worldwide and urged the international community, including the United Nations, to collaborate in preventing such atrocities.


Echoing similar sentiments, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for building a society based on equality and devoid of discrimination.

She reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to peace, emphasising that sustainable peace is essential for the country’s progress and development.

In addition to national observances, the city of Chattagram bore witness to heartfelt commemorations organised by ‘Amra 71,’ a socio-cultural organisation.

Human chains and candlelight vigils were held at 11 locations simultaneously, demanding international recognition of March 25 as International Genocide Day.

The district administration of Chattogram arranged wreath-laying ceremonies at Shaheed Minar and discussions at Shilpakala Academy, underscoring the importance of honouring the victims and preserving the dignity of humanity.

Various cultural and educational institutions in Chattogram, including Chattogram Shishu Academy and District Shilpakala Academy, conducted competitions and cultural programmes to educate and engage the community in remembering the genocide and the Liberation War.

At a discussion meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Abul Bashar Mohammad Fakuruzzaman, speakers emphasized the need for global acknowledgment of March 25 as International Genocide Day, advocating for solidarity in upholding human rights and dignity.