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American Institute recognized the massacre of '71 as 'genocide'

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The Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, a US-based think tank, recognized the Pakistani army's brutal massacre of Bangladeshis in 1971 as "genocide."

Touhid Reza Noor, son of martyred journalist Sirajuddin Hossain, applied for recognition in mid-November last year. The recognition was confirmed in an e-mail statement from the Lemkin Institute on Friday night.

In response, Touhid Reza Noor told that the Lemkin Institute's recognition was probably the first in the world to give official recognition.

“I am delighted,” said Noor in a statement.

“For those on the side of the Liberation War, it is a great achievement to close out the golden jubilee of our independence.”

“I believe that this will encourage other international human rights organizations to recognize the 1971 genocide.”
The institute is named after Raphael Lemkin, a Polish lawyer best known for coining the term ‘genocide’ and initiating the Genocide Convention.

On the night of Mar 25, 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces attacked the unarmed people of Bangladesh in an attempt to wipe out the Bengali independence movement once and for all.

Under the name ‘Operation Searchlight’, the Pakistani occupation forces began a massacre that would spur a war and kill 3 million Bengalis in the span of nine months.
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