Foreign Secretary Urges Youths on Genocide Awareness

Foreign Secretary Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that the younger generation, especially the graduates of the Winter School program, would articulate the societal repercussions of genocide and contemplate the global community’s responsibility to prevent such atrocities.

He emphasized the magnitude and seriousness of the genocide perpetrated by the Pakistani army during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Foreign Secretary said this while addressing as the Chief Guest in the closing ceremony of the 9th Winter School 2024, hosted by the Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice (CSGJ) of the Liberation War Museum.

The ceremony was also addressed by Trustee of Liberation War Museum Mofidul Hoque, Trustee of Liberation War Museum Dr. Sarwar Ali and renowned singer and researcher Professor Moushumi Bhowmik. Students from various universities of Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia participated in this year’s Winter School program.

Highlighting recent and ongoing atrocities in various parts of the world possibly tantamount to genocides, Ambassador Masud Bin Momen underscored Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s steadfast stance against heinous atrocities and the killing of innocent civilians in Gaza. He also highlighted Prime Minister’s compassionate decision to provide refuge to forcibly displaced Rohingyas. These actions, he noted, reflect Bangladesh’s unwavering commitment to preventing genocide and protecting victims worldwide.

Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Bangladesh’s dedication to raising international awareness and seeking recognition for the 1971 genocide. He urged all stakeholders, including think-tanks, academia, civil society, researchers, and the diaspora, to join hands in the collective pursuit of international recognition for the events of 1971. Such collaborative efforts, he asserted, would honor the memory of the victims and deliver justice to their families.

Foreign Secretary’s participation in the Winter School closing ceremony underscores Bangladesh’s ongoing commitment to addressing the impacts of genocide and promoting global peace and justice.

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