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PM Hasina pays tributes to Cambodian martyrs, visits genocide museum

  • Published at 03:47 pm December 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 05:06 pm December 3rd, 2017
PM Hasina pays tributes to Cambodian martyrs, visits genocide museum
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday paid tributes and deep homage to Cambodian martyrs by placing a wreath at the Independence Monument, in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The Independence Monument was built in 1958 to memorialise Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. The lotus-shaped Independence Monument was designed by the Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. After placing the wreath, the premier stood there in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the martyrs. A contingent drawn from three services of the Cambodian armed forces gave a static guard of honour to the Bangladesh prime minister, while bugle played the last post. [caption id="attachment_231770" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pays tributes and homage to Cambodian martyrs by placing a wreath at the Independence Monument, in Phnom Penh on Sunday, December 3, 2017 PID[/caption] Later, the premier paid homage to Cambodian late King Norodom Sihanouk by laying a wreath at his memorial. Sheikh Rehana and other entourage of the prime minister were present. Sheikh Hasina later visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The museum situated in the heart of Phnom Penh, chronicling the Cambodian genocide.
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The museum is a previous high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21(S-21)by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. [caption id="attachment_231773" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pays homage to Cambodian late King Norodom Sihanouk by laying a wreath at his memorial in Phnom Penh on Sunday, December 3, 2017 PID[/caption] Tuol Sleng means 'Hill of the Poisonous Trees' or 'Strychnine Hill.' Tuol Sleng was just one of at least 150 execution centres established by the Khmer Rouge. Accompanied by Sheikh Rehana, the Prime Minister went round different sections of the museum and witnessed the evidence of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime. On the July 26 2010, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia convicted the chief of Tuol Sleng Prison, Kaing kek Iewfor crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and sentenced him to life imprisonment. [caption id="attachment_231774" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, accompanied by her entourage, visits different sections of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh and witnessed the evidence of the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime on Sunday, December 3, 2017 PID[/caption] Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Chief Coordinator on the SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office Md Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, were among others, present on the occasion. Earlier, a red carpet was rolled out as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Sunday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.
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