To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide, which began on March 25, 1971, HAF has launched a new online portal to remember the lost and celebrate survival.  Not yet recognized as a genocide by the international community, the West Pakistan military’s genocidal actions left 2-3 million Hindu and ethnic Bengalis dead, 200,000-400,000 women raped, and more than 10 million people displaced. The overwhelming majority of victims were Hindu.

“The international community needs to affirm the 1971 Bengali Hindu genocide, showing that they stand against all genocidal violence now and in the future,” stated HAF Director of Human Rights Deepali Kulkarni. “HAF’s 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide portal offers resources for all people to inform themselves about the horrendous events that began half a century ago in the hopes that such violence never happens again,” Kulkarni added.

As part of the 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide project, HAF is collecting stories of Bengali Hindu Genocide survivors into a digital archive, and seeking contributions for a commemorative art project.

On Tuesday, March 23rd, from 8-9:30pm ET, HAF will be hosting a virtual event: After 50 Years, Remembering the 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide. The event will feature a virtual vigil and Bengali musical performance to honor those lost, along with remarks offered by community and government leaders. Learn about the historical context of the genocide and why its still important today, as we celebrate the survival and continued vibrancy of the Hindu community in Bangladesh. Register here for this virtual event.

HAF is also encouraging supporters to urge members of Congress to make a statement commemorating the genocide, something which heretofore has not been done.

Read more: 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide — Remembering the Lost, Celebrating Survival

HAF’s 1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide project is done in partnership with: Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council USA, HRCBM, ISPaD Project, and Stories of Bengali Hindus.