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Turkish President's Letter To Bangladesh Denounced
Written by পান্থ রহমান রেজা (Pantha) · Translated by Rezwan On 20 January 2013 @ 22:06 pm | 2 Comments
In Bangla, Bangladesh, Citizen Media, Governance, History, International Relations, Politics, Protest, South Asia, War & Conflict, Weblog
Last month  [bn] Turkish President Abdullah Gül sent a letter  to the president of Bangladesh. The main content of the letter was a request for “clemency” of the accused Islamist leaders who are under trial for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of Bangladesh . He wrote, if these leaders are punished, it might affect Bangladesh's socio-economic advancement and cause social instability and bloodshed.
A few days before sending the letter a 14 member Turkish NGO team came to Dhaka ‘hiding their identity’ and misusing ‘on arrival visa’ facilities for tourists and eventually visited the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh to see its activities. They are alleged to be pro Muslim brotherhood . Many of the war criminals under trial are top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh , a like minded organization of Muslim Brotherhood.
It is to be mentioned that in 1971 during liberation war estimated 3 million people were killed  by Pakistani army and approximately 250,000 women were raped. Local political and religious militia groups like Razakar , Al Badr  and Al-Shams  aided Pakistani soldiers in the killings especially against Hindus , and many of them were members of Jamaat-e-Islami. The International Crimes Tribunal  was formed after 42 years of the independence to try the perpetrators of the crimes against humanity during that period.
There has been a lot of reactions online and offline against the visit of the Turkish delegation and the letter of the Turkish President. Protests have been arranged in and outside of Bangladesh. Institute Of Islamic Studies  and Muslims from Netherlands  denounced the letter. Netizens marked this as an interference in the internal affairs of the country and acts contrary to diplomatic norms.
Blogger Nijhum Mazumdar  participated in the protest in front of the Turkish embassy in London  on Wednesday, 16 January 2013, and says [bn]:
The Turkish President has caused an embarrassment in world politics by interfering in the internal legal process of a sovereign country. We had not expected such an irresponsible move from a democratic government.
Blogger Mizanur Rahman Milon  wrote [bn] in Somewherein:
In the last century the first genocide was caused by Turkey. During 1919-1921 around 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Turkey- for which there had been no legal trial. The Armenians are pleading to the international community for justice for the past 100 years. Many Kurdi separatists are being killed by Turkey. It is thus no surprise that they would speak for the genocide perpetrators of other countries.
It is a farce that the country which is responsible for one of the worst genocide of the world and has a history of fascism, sends a team to investigate transparency of an internal judicial trial and reports that to its president who preaches us about justice and peace.
Blogger and writer Arif Jebtik  calls [bn] for stronger measures against interference in the internal affairs of the country:
As a citizen by birth I would request the government to cease diplomatic relations with Turkey. If having no diplomatic ties with Israel does not trouble us then why we should not press for not having diplomatic relations with Turkey for their unethical interference with a judicial trial?
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URLs in this post:
 Last month: http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/Milon06/29738444
 sent a letter: http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=262861
 Liberation War of Bangladesh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_Liberation_War
 Muslim brotherhood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Brotherhood_in_Egypt
 Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaat-e-Islami_Bangladesh
 3 million people were killed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh_genocide
 Razakar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razakars_(Bangladesh)
 Al Badr: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Badr_(East_Pakistan)
 Al-Shams: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Shams_(Bangladesh)
 Hindus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindus
 International Crimes Tribunal: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Crimes_Tribunal_(Bangladesh)
 Image: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=525212167511133&set=a.525211280844555.124163.286473084718377&type=3&theater
 Institute Of Islamic Studies: http://www.ebangladesh.com/2013/01/10/institute-of-islamic-studies-slams-turkish-presidents-interference-with-the-ict/
 Muslims from Netherlands: http://icsforum.org/blog/admin/muslims-from-netherlands-denounce-the-letter-of-turkish-president-mr-abdullah-gul/
 Image: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=472763342781251&set=a.472763312781254.112119.108286975895558&type=3&theater
 International Crimes Strategy Forum's: http://icsforum.org/
 Nijhum Mazumdar: http://icsforum.org/mediarchive/2013/01/17/protest-in-front-of-turkey-embassy/
 the protest in front of the Turkish embassy in London: http://www.facebook.com/events/464387116956008/
 Trimatrik Kobi (Three-dimensional poet): http://www.sachalayatan.com/shopnobaz/47492
 Armenian Genocide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide
 Arif Jebtik: http://www.amarblog.com/arifjebtik/posts/157180
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