Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to lend support to the ongoing trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 War.

At the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Friday, she told the global leaders that the trials were “indispensable to establish justice, human rights and the rule of law”.

The completion of the trials, she hoped, would purge the Bangladesh of the stigma it had been carrying for 42 years.

She reminded the world leaders that the Pakistani troops and their collaborators perpetrated genocide, rape, arson and crimes against humanity in the former East Pakistan when over three million people died and a quarter of a million women were raped.

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