March 25 Genocide Day
Cabinet approves proposal
The Cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs for the recognition of March 25 as the Genocide Day.
With the approval of the Cabinet, March 25, a black day in the history of independent Bangladesh, will now be observed as a genocide day across the country every year.
Authorities concerned will also take necessary steps to observe the day with due solemnity globally. To realise the demands of the Bangladeshis, they will communicate with international authorities, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told journalists at a briefing after Monday's Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
He said that the day will be observed in the country from now on as the most important day and scheduled as a grade 'Ka' day of the country. The authorities concerned will take necessary steps to observe the day as Genocide Day by clearing all formalities to recognise the brutal genocide committed on this day in 1971.
"The Foreign Ministry has already started its efforts to get international recognition of the day. A proposal has already been sent abroad for securing recognition of the day as the Genocide Day," he added.
Earlier on March 11, Bangladesh's parliament adopted a resolution to observe the day as the Genocide Day. The proposal was made by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs.
On the day in 1971, Pakistani army cracked down on the Bangalees and killed them indiscriminately.
The Cabinet Division will issue a circular declaring the Day as the Genocide (Mass Killing) Day to be observed nationally and internationally.
In the beginning of the meeting, the Cabinet also adopted a resolution congratulating the players, officials and coaches of Bangladesh National Cricket Team on their victory in its 100th text match against Sri Lanka.