The Europe-based Bangladeshi diaspora organisation, European Bangladesh Forum (EBF), organised a demonstration today near the Pakistan embassy in the Hague demanding an "unconditional official apology" for the genocide the Pakistan army committed in Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War.
Bangladeshis living in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany participated in the demonstration, which took place at Paleisstraaat, close to the Pakistan Embassy in the Hague.
In a petition to Pakistani Ambassador Shujjat Ali Rathore, the organisers said the 1971 genocide by the Pakistan military is well documented and reported in international media and in diplomatic correspondences during that period.
The world media, including The Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times, The New York Times and several news agencies reported the massacre of the Bangalees by the Pakistan army and informed the world.
The story of the massacre of the fateful night of 25 March, 1971 was highlighted in international news media. The Pakistan army committed systematic and organised rape as a weapon of war.
The Pakistan army, under a blueprint, systematically killed the intellectuals and professionals of Bangladesh, apart from the mass killing.
The present government of Bangladesh tried a number of the key war criminals of Bangladeshi origin who collaborated in the genocidal acts with the Pakistani occupying army. But the key Pakistani army officers and soldiers remain in immunity and have not been tried by the Pakistan government as promised.
The European Bangalee diaspora demanded that the Pakistan government offer an official unconditional apology for the genocide the Pakistan army committed in Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971, try the Pakistan army and civil officials who were responsible for the genocide, provide compensation to the families of those killed in the genocide and compensate Bangladesh government for the damage and destruction of the national properties and take back the stranded Pakistanis (Biharis) to Pakistan.