Former Speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury’s 23rd death anniv observed

Published : 10 Jul 2024 09:42 PM

The 23rd death anniversary of former Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Humayun Rashid Chowdhury is observed on Wednesday, as the former  Speaker died on July 10, 2001.

Different political and social organisations, including Speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury Srimiti Parishad, have taken various daylong programmes at Dhaka and Sylhet to mark the day.

The programme  includes placing floral wreaths at the graveyard  of the deceased  in Sylhet, recitation of Fateha and holy Quran, discussion, doamahfil and food distribution among the  distressed people, said  Srimiti Parishad central president and former principal secretary M Nazibur Rahman.

Born at Rashid Manzil in Sylhet city on November 11, 1928, Speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury joined Pakistan Foreign Services in 1953. 

His father, Abdur Rashid Chowdhury, was a member of the central legislative assembly of the undivided India and his mother, Sirajunnesa Chowdhury, was also a member of Pakistan national assembly.

Humayun Rashid, also a ruling Awami League lawmaker of Sylhet-1, was the chief of the Bangladesh Mission in Delhi in 1971–72.

After beginning the 71’s liberation war, he left the side of Pakistan and tried to make communication with 40 different foreign countries in order to achieve recognition on behalf of the mass war in Bangladesh, and ultimately he was able to gain recognition from 34 foreign nations across the world.

Even he gave a speech at the Indian Parliament session as the chief of the Bangladesh Mission in New Delhi at that time.

He was the only Bangladeshi who chaired the 41st general assembly of the United Nations.

Speaker Humayun Rashid was the first ambassador of Bangladesh to Germany.He was also the ambassador of Switzerland, Austria, and the Vatican.

After the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975, he gave shelter and took the necessary initiatives to save the lives of incumbent prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, who luckily escaped from the gruesome murder on August 15 at his own house in Germany.

He was awarded the prestigious 'Swadinata Award' (posthumous) in 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the Liberation War.

He was elected as a member of the National Parliament in 1996 by the Awami League, and later he was elected as Speaker of the Parliament.