By Ansar Ahmed Ullah
An All European Conference titled “Recognising Bangladesh Genocide and De-radicalization of Muslim Diaspora” was held on the 31st March 2016 at Sensus studie förbund, Stockholm, Sweden organised by the Sweden Nirmul
Committee (International forum for Secular Bangladesh) and Sponsored by
SENSUS & BHBCUC.
The Conference morning session was attended by representatives from various countries that included Acting President Shahriar Kabir & General Secretary Kazi Atiqur Rahman Mukul from Bangladesh, Sweden’s President Aktar Zaman &
General Secretary Tarun Kanti Chowdhury, UK’s Asst Gen Secretary Jamal Khan & Central Committee Member Ansar Ahmed Ullah and Convenor from Switzerland Rahman Khalilur. The session decided to form a European network of the Nirmul Committee with Tarun Kanti Chowdhury as its president and Ansar Ahmed
Ullah as its secretary with presidents & secretaries of all branches as its executive members. In addition Swedish Nirmul Committee was announced with Aktar Zaman and Tarun Kanti Chowdhury as its president and secretary.
The session was followed by a Seminar chaired jointly by Shahriar Kabir & Aktar Zaman with guest speakers ex Integration Minister of Sweden & Liberal Party Group Leader, Syed Asif Shahkar, former Justice, Stockholm County, Ola Larsmo, President, Swedish Pen, Sweden Bangladesh’s Ambassador Md Gulam
Sarwar, Nadeem Qadir, Minister for Press from UK’s Bangladesh High Commission and other representatives from human rights organisations. The
conference passed a formal Stockholm Declaration recognizing Bangladesh’s genocide where 3 million innocent civilian lives were lost and over 200,000 women were raped, praising the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal but also being aware of Jamaat-e-Islam’s effort to discredit the trial process and finally appealing to Europe’s Muslim diaspora to stand up to extremism in the name of religion.
The conference ended with a candle light vigil attended by the representatives of various countries for the victims of all genocides.