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ICSF suggests 7-point strategic roadmap for government

Update : 27 Mar 2017, 01:12 AM
The International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF) has prescribed a seven-point strategical roadmap for the Bangladesh government for establishing global recognition of 1971 genocide. The ICSF, an independent global network of experts and activists working to ensure justice for the victims of international crimes, has long been campaigning for recognition of the Bangladesh Genocide. The organisation has urged the Bangladesh government to engage with their Indian  counterpart regarding access to India’s classified war archives for useful information. It posted the suggestions on their official website on March 25, which was observed as the first ever Genocide Day in Bangladesh. The ICSF also recommended actively engaging with international organisations in their seven-pointer, for cognisance of 1971 atrocities as genocide and international crimes. It stressed on reaching out to other foreign governments and entities with shared, strategic, or mutually advantageous interests involving recognition of 1971 genocide. The platform proffered introducing Genocide Risk Education in Bangladesh and making it part of the national curriculum; preserving important sites relating to the Liberation War; investing in knowledge base development relating to 1971 history which include archiving and digitising documents and making them easily accessible; and extending support to citizens’ initiatives relating to 1971 across the world. Bangladesh’s parliament on March 11 adopted a resolution to observe March 25 as Genocide Day, which got the cabinet’s nod nine days later. Commending the step of parliament as one in the right direction, the ICSF said in a statement the move not only serves as a milestone in honouring the victims of international crimes in 1971, but also works as a safeguard against repetition of such atrocities.
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