Bangladesh has honoured foreign nationals for their help and support in the 1971 Liberation war.
The honours were conferred by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Zillur Rahman in a ceremony that took place in Dhaka on Tues 22nd of March at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. Foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni and AB Tajul Islam, state minister for liberation war affairs, also spoke on the occasion.
Cabinet secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan read out the citation, while Mizanur Rahman, secretary to the liberation war affairs’ ministry, delivered the vote of thanks.
75 persons were honoured including heads of states and government, ministers, lawmakers, politicians, artistes, humanitarian activists, journalists, military personnel and lawyers from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, former Yugoslavia, Ireland, France, Sweden, Italy, Denmark and United States of America.
Of the individuals honoured 26 of were from India, 14 from the USA, 10 from Russia and 7 from the UK. of these 46 were honoured posthumously.
Six organisations were honoured: Akashvani (All India Radio), The BBC, The International Committee of the Red Cross, Kolkata University Shahayak Samiti, Oxfam and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The people of India and members of the Mitra Bahini Ithe alliance of the Indian Army and East Pakistan Mukta Bahini) have been collectively honoured for their contribution.