Since early February this year, the streets of Dhaka have been filled with protesters. Tens of thousands of voices merge in roaring chants. Along the roadside, protesters perform poetry, songs, and theatre pieces. Candles and torches illuminate the faces of old and young, rich and poor. Amidst the crowd, a tailor sets down his treadle sewing machine and begins to sew strings of Bangladesh’s national flag. The protesters have gathered to issue a call to the country’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to deliver justice to eleven defendants who are accused of raping and massacring scores of Bangladeshis during the 1971 Liberation War, the country’s bloody struggle to separate from Pakistan.

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