Update November 7, 2015

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SCF urges AI to withdraw its statement on trial of war criminals

Sumel Sarker

SCF

SCF urges AI to withdraw its statement on trial of war criminals

07 November 2015, Nirapad News: Sharply reacting to the comments of Amnesty International (AI) about the war crimes convicts, the Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) has sent a letter to the UK-based AI urging them to withdraw their statement.

In a letter to the AI’s Secretary General Salil Shetty on Thursday, the SCF, a platform of the sector commanders of Liberation War, has sought explanation of the rationality of its statement saying that AI’s statement is one-sided and it is maintaining misconception about the history of long struggle of Bangladesh for holding the trials of war criminals.

“We have read with surprise and shock the AI Press Release issued on October 27, 2015 on the trial of the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bangladesh. We find the contents of the Press Release biased and lack of understanding of the historical context of Bangladesh as well as long struggle of the nation for justice,” Forum’s Secretary General Haroon Habib said in the letter, copies of which have been circulated to the media during the press conference today.

SCF in its letter said since the beginning of the Bangladesh’s trail for international crimes in 2010, AI has never recognized the right of the victims for justice, but always highlighted the rights of the accused in the dock. Every time they talked about international standards, but did never spell out what the international standard means, it said.

Haroon Habib demanded that AI should withdraw its October 27 press release and reword it properly for fresh release. AI’s comments on ‘a sub-judice matter’ are a clear interference with the judicial process of a sovereign nation, he added.

SCF said ICT, Bangladesh was duly constituted by the law of Bangladesh, a sovereign, independent state. Barring a few supporting the political views of the war criminals, Bangladesh ICT, in the eyes of the overwhelming majority, is maintaining a high standard.

“AI deliberately avoids the internationally recognized terminology of ‘genocide’ and ‘crimes against humanity’, the crimes Pakistani forces and their local cohorts committed in Bangladesh,” it said.

This historical fact of mass atrocity has been proved beyond doubt in the Tribunal, and even the defense has not challenged that inside the court, although they carry on a different campaign outside,” SCF said.

“It is unfortunate that AI also became a part of the campaign to deny Bangladesh genocide which is an insult to millions who perished,” SCF said in its letter.

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