Dear Elected Representative
At a time when the world is realizing that dangers of forgetting the lessons of history, HinduPACT urges your office to make a statement recognizing the 1971 genocide that was perpetrated by the Pakistan Army and allied Islamists in Bangladesh. On March 25, 1971, The Pakistan Army and allied radical Islamists started ‘Operation Searchlight’ that eventually led to the genocide of 3 million people in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) over a period of 10 months.
5 months into the genocide, on November 1, 1971, US Senator Edward Kennedy, released a report titled “Crisis in South Asia” for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing, that said “Field reports to the U.S. Government, countless eye-witness journalistic accounts, reports of International agencies such as World Bank and additional information available to the subcommittee document the reign of terror which grips East Bengal (East Pakistan). Hardest hit have been members of the Hindu community who have been robbed of their lands and shops, systematically slaughtered, and in some places, painted with yellow patches marked ‘H’. All of this has been officially sanctioned, ordered and implemented under martial law from Islamabad.”
In June 1971, both the American consul-general in Dhaka, Archer Blood and the U.S. ambassador to India, Kenneth Keating, urged the White House to discontinue their support of the Pakistan regime. Archer Blood stated that there was a ‘selective genocide’ in Bangladesh and described it as one of the most intense killing campaigns ever committed in human history.
In May 1971, Australian doctor Geoffrey Davis was brought to Dhaka by the United Nations to assist with late-term abortions of raped women, at the end of the war, he believed the estimated figure for the number of “Bengali women who were raped—200,000 to 400,000—was probably too low.”
WE URGE YOU TO
(1) Condemn the genocide perpetrated by the Pakistan Army and their collaborators in Bangladesh (former East Pakistan), from March 1971 to December 1971;
(2) Condemn statements, actions, and policies that deny or question that the massacres during ‘Operation Searchlight’ constituted a genocide and that dishonor the victims or disrespect their families, and recognizes that entire ethnic groups or religious communities are not responsible for the crimes committed by some members of their forces;
(3) Encourage the White House and the State Department to promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region as a whole, and the right of all people living in the region, regardless of national, racial, ethnic, or religious background, to enjoy the benefits of democratic institutions, the rule of law, and economic opportunity; and
(4) Recognize the death of the nearly 3 million people, mostly Hindus, killed or executed by the Pakistan Army, along with individuals who endured pain and suffering in 1971, as well as foreign nationals from other countries of the region, who risked or lost their lives.