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Film “Journey to Justice” Documents Genocide, War Crimes Trials during 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War screened at Delhi

The 60-minute film covers in detail the genocide during which the Pakistani occupation army, along with their local collaborators

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: “Journey to Justice”, a documentary on the genocide in Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War and the ongoing trials of perpetrators of war crimes in that country was screened here on Saturday.

The 60-minute film covers in detail the genocide during which the Pakistani occupation army, along with their local collaborators – mainly from the Jamat-e-Islami – killed three million innocent people, brutally raped over 200,000 women and rendered 10 million people refugees in India.

It also covers the ongoing trials of perpetrators of war crimes by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) set up by the Awami League government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina nearly 40 years after that mass carnage.

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Speaking to viewers ahead of the screening at the Press Club of India here, Shahriar Kabir, who researched, scripted and directed the film, said that it was the most difficult documentary he has ever made.

“I travelled to 12 countries for this,” he said. “We had to wait for 40 years to see the perpetrators being brought to justice.”

Kabir said that after the ICT started functioning in 2010, 50 perpetrators have been tried and six of them have been hanged.

“The tribunal is unique as it is trying international crimes under a domestic law that came into effect in 1973,” he said.

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The documentary has rare footage of the Holocaust in the Second World War and the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh.

Kabir, in the documentary, also interviews human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, writers and civil society activists in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Turkey, the US, Britain, Sweden and France.

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 Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali, who was also present, said that even in war certain rules must be followed.

“A crime is a crime, there must be punishment. And crime against humanity is a huge crime,” Ali said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?