This post outlines the basic legal framework of the International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh), its institutions, personnel, its processes, standards and fair trial attributes. Pro-71 activists may find this piece useful in addressing and countering some of the misconceptions and criticisms surrounding the ICT’s process. Prepared as an introductory part of a more detailed paper by International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF), the paper is scheduled to be released in March-April 2013 prior to the annual meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
A nation started walking in 1971. The country, Bangladesh creed for justice for 42 years. After all these years finally the time has arrived. International Crimes Tribunals (ICT) Bangladesh was set up in 2009 to try the collaborators who helped Pakistani army to commit crimes against humanity.
A well planned and very calculated avalanche of identified group of activists of Jamayat-Shibir, under alleged sponsorship of BNP, continues on the law enforcing agencies throughout Bangladesh. This is conspicuously happening at a time when International War Crime tribunal has…
Paying a high price Bangladesh got her independence on 16th of December, 1971. If blood is the price of independence, Bangladesh paid even more. Pakistani cembalists and the native traitors exceeded all forms of oppressions in the war of liberation…
Whenever the issue of trial of war-crimes is raised, the killers and collaborators say, ‘it was he who resolved the issue by declaring ‘general mercy’, so it is meaningless to discuss this issue and give much importance now. In a quest to find the truth about ‘general mercy’ activists dug out the newspaper clippings covering the general mercy which are described below.
It has now become a missed opportunity, and perhaps, made these discussions much more difficult to take place in future, since IBA too is now considered to have compromised its independence by attending this dubious seminar organised by a political lobby that represents the war criminals. We, who care about 1971 and the victims of war crimes, hold you personally responsible for harming the possibility of dialogue.
The list of war criminals, who were directly involved in crimes against humanity and mass murder, includes 369 officers of the Pakistani occupation forces, 852 Razakars, 64 al-Badars, 78 members of the Bihari community who had collaborated with the Pakistani army, 106 political collaborators and 128 members of the so-called ‘peace committee’ formed by the Pakistanis during the war.