Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) considers war crimes including genocide, murder, mass murder, rape and gang-rape that took place in 1971 during the War of Liberation of Bangladesh as gross violations of human rights and crimes against humanity. These were also among the worst forms of abuse of power in the name of protecting religion perpetrated on innocent and unarmed people.
For four long decades, the perpetrators enjoyed impunity. Victims and others campaigned ceaselessly for this impunity to be challenged effectively so that such crimes could never again be repeated anywhere in the world. In many cases campaigners demanding trials and justice were themselves victimized and faced violent reprisals, particularly by the perpetrators and political forces that benefitted from impunity in the name of religion.