Bangladesh Study Group (BGSG) at Kean University

Addressing Claims of War Crimes, Genocide
and Crimes Against Humanity

Sunday, October 18, 2009 @ Wilkins Theater from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Part I

Time Description
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Greetings in pre-function lobby. Sign in/registration for conference
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Pre conference presentation by Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh. Display Gallery by Liberation War Museum.
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Welcome Address by:
- Dr. Dawood Farahi, President, Kean University
- Dr. Kristie Reilly, Vice President & Dean of Graduate Studies
- Honorable Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh to the United States
- Dr. Henry Kaplowitz, Director, Human Rights Institute, Kean University
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Documentary (Movie) Presentation

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break. Follow Usher's Direction for Dining.

Part II

Time Description
Panel I
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Eye witness story/survivors accounts of sufferings
Panel II
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

- Panel Discussion - Sufferings
- Panel Discussion - Targets
- Panel Discussion – Atrocities


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Coffee/Tea Break. Follow Usher's Direction for Dining.

Part III: Round Table: Constructive Responses

Time Description
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Task I: Characterizing the accounts of 1971 in terms of prosecutable crimes
5:30 PM - Closing

Panel Description

Welcome addresses by

Dr. Dawood Farahi, President, Kean University
H.E. Mr. Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United States

Panel I: Eye-witness accounts of the events by Survivors & Liberators

Detail: Graphic descriptions of various atrocities faced by the survivors and family members of the victims.

Panel II: Sufferings, Atrocities, & Targets

Detail: Experiences associated with the harm and threats of harm suffered by the people of then East Pakistan in 1971

Panelists: Shariar Kabir, Dr. M.A. Hasan, Dr. Shelley Feldman.


Detail: Deprivations of human rights committed by the Pakistan Army in East Pakistan against Bengalis and Sectarian Violence and murder of intellectuals.

Panelists:   Dr. M. A. Hasan, Shariar Kabir, Dr. A.B.M Nasir


Detail: Operation Searchlight, Anti-Bengali racism. The role of Bengali nationalists against minorities and the effect upon the Biharis and Hindus and the new community of Bangladesh.

Panelists: Anis Ahmed, Mr. Faruqe Chowdhury, Dr. Zia Uddin Ahmed, Dr. Suhail Islam

Panel III: Roundtable:  Constructive Response

Detail: Legal Reponses, Alternatives & Memorialization

Panelists:  Prof. Roger Clark, David Matas, Prof Winston Nagan, Prof. Roza Pati.  Prof Ved Nanda, Shelley Feldman

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