Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP

07/06/2011 20:29

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-led opposition of plotting to protect the 1971 war criminals. "BNP has been trying its best to scuttle the trial of war criminals to save them. But our government is committed to holding the trial at any cost," the premier said. They are campaigning at home and abroad to save the war criminals, she said. The premier was speaking to a delegation of human rights activists, journalists and academicians from home and abroad at her office yesterday. The delegates on Sunday participated in the International Conference on Peace, Justice and Secular Humanism in the capital. The MSSK Trust, Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 and South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism jointly organised the conference. The international personalities assured the prime minister of all-out support for trying the war criminals. They told Sheikh Hasina that if the violators of human rights in 1971 are not brought to justice, similar incidents might happen again in the country. The premier said her government started the process of war crimes trial as it wants to establish the rule of law in the country. The previous governments had destroyed many proofs of war crimes. But the evidence available now is enough to hold the trial maintaining international standards. Her government draws the strength to hold the trial from the people, especially the youths, she said.

The delegates include William Sloan and Eleitha Haynes from Canada; Nurun Nabi, USA; Charis Blackburn and BB Chowdhury from UK; Cecilia Wikstrom, Sweden; Peterus Joseph Noannes Maria Custers, the Netherlands, Mazim Dubaev, Russia, Parvin Najafgholi Ardalan, Iran; Zafar Malik, Naeema Zafar, and Ahmad Salim from Pakistan; former speaker Daman Dhungana, and journalist Yuba Nath Lamsal and poet Bhuban Dhungana from Nepal. Former speaker and minister PA Sangma, Jayanta Kumar Roy, journalist Manas Ghosh, BB Dutta, and Bidyut Debnath from India, and Shahriar Kabir, Muntasir Mamun, Mahfuza Khanam and Ferdousi Priyobhasini were also present.