Bengali Genocide Remembrance Day

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Genocide Remembrance Day
গণহত্যা স্মরণ দিবস
জাতীয় স্মৃতি সৌধ - The National Martyrs' Monument of Bangladesh.jpg
Observed by  Bangladesh
 Bangladeshi diaspora
Type National
Significance Commemoration of the Bengali Genocide
Date 25 March
Next time 25 March 2019 (2019-03-25)
Frequency annual
First time 2017[1][2]

Bengali Genocide Remembrance Day (Bengali: বাঙ্গালি গণহত্যা স্মরণ দিবস Bāṅgāli Gaṇahatyā Smaraṇ Dibas/ Bangali Gonohotta Shoron Dibosh or Bangladesh Genocide Memorial Day is a national day to be observed on 25 March in Bangladesh to commemorate the victims of the Bengali Genocide of 1971, approved unanimously in 2017.[3][4][2]


The date 25 March commemorates Operation Searchlight, a planned military pacification carried out by the Pakistan Army, started on 25 March to curb the Bengali independence movement by taking control of the major cities on 26 March, and then eliminating all opposition, political or military,[5] within one month. Before the beginning of the operation, all foreign journalists were systematically deported from East Pakistan.[6][7]

On 11 March 2017, the Parliament of Bangladesh unanimously passed Resolution designating 25 March as a Genocide Remembrance Day.[8][9] The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of killings by the Pakistani Army in March 25, 1971, which started with Operation Searchlight and ended with the 1971 Bangladesh Genocide and the Independence of Bangladesh.[10][11][12][13] "Bangladesh will reach out to UN seeking recognition of 1971 genocide while the government declared March 25 as genocide day", according to Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq.[14]


See also


  1. ^ "Whole nation should observe National Genocide Day". New Age. March 14, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Bangladesh declares March 25 as Genocide Day". NTV. March 11, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "PM slams Pakistan for propaganda about '71 genocide". The Daily Star. February 20, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Declare March 25 as Genocide Day". The Daily Sun. February 17, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ Salik, Siddiq, Witness To Surrender, pp 63, 228–9 ISBN 984-05-1373-7
  6. ^ Siddiqui, Asif (December 1997). "From Deterrence and Coercive Diplomacy to War: The 1971 Crisis in South Asia". Journal of International and Area Studies. 4 (1): 73–92. JSTOR 43106996. 
  7. ^ "JS may be moved to mark March 25 as Genocide Day". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Parliament passes motion to mark March 25 as Genocide Day". The Daily Star. 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Parliament declares March 25 Genocide Day". Dhaka Tribune. 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  10. ^ "Jatiya Sangsad declares March 25 as "Gonohotya Dibosh" | Weekly Bangla Mirror". Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Parliament declares March 25 as "Gonohotya Dibosh"". Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  12. ^ "14-party alliance to observe March 25 as 'Genocide Day'". Nirapad News. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  13. ^ "JS resolution on Day of Genocide hailed". Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  14. ^ "News Details". 
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