Yesterday Bangladesh’s war crimes tribunal gave its first verdict on the individuals on trial for large-scale atrocities – the death sentence to Bachchu Razakar.
I have been reading articles on a variety of international news sites, just to see what they say. I’m seeing phrases such as “controversial” and “not endorsed by the UN” and “politically motivated.”
For any of my friends who don’t know a lot about the history of Bangladesh, who might have seen something like this, and wondered, briefly, what is going on, I’ll try and be clear about how I feel. I didn’t live through this war like my parents did. But I still know that there is no “controversy.” These people are murderers. They are rapists. “Razakar” is a dirty word. They don’t, actually, deserve the respect of the trial that they have been given. Other countries can whine about it all they want and say things like “transparency?”. Lot of “transparency” there was in 1971, thanks. We do not need you to interfere in our judicial process now.
But of course I’m just emotional, so perhaps I shouldn’t be trusted. So if you have just a little bit of time to read, click here. My dad wrote this book. But I’m comfortable pointing people to this anyway to learn about the history of Bangladesh, because every single fact in here has a reference, so it is really just a compilation of information. And it’s short! My apologies in advance if the translation isn’t good.