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    Bangladeshi Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Demand Capital Punishment for all War Criminals of 1971 and Express Solidarity with the Shahbag Movement

    Nebraska is the known as the land of the Cornhuskers being in the midst of the Great Plains. In this vast country of cornfields, University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts the largest Bangladeshi students community in the state. Although much smaller compared to many other Bangladeshi students communities in the US, the students are proud to represent their country abroad.

    On Saturday February 9, a group of Bangladeshi students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln staged a protest against the life term sentence of a war criminal under the War Criminals’ Tribunal of Bangladesh and demand capital punishment for the up coming verdicts. The students believe that the political situation of Bangladesh is vulnerable enough that might lead to the release of the criminals from jail as the political power shift happens in the future. Moreover, the war criminals defending at the tribunal committed attrocity against humanity such as genocide, arsons and rapes. Thus, the Bangladeshi students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln demand capital punishment of the war criminals to establish justice that was pending for over 40 years due to political power play. The students express their solidarity to the ‘Shahbag Movement’ in Bangladesh that reflects identical demands and has already reached a global level by means of the solidarity of expatriot Bangladeshis around the world with the massive countrywide supporters in Bangladesh.

    The Pakistan Army along with the local collaborators (known as Razakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams paramilitary forces working under the Pakistan Army) committed genocide in 1971 that Time reported through the comment of a high ranked US official as: "It is the most incredible, calculated thing since the days of the Nazis in Poland."

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