The resolution highlighted the history of Bangladesh, applauding the struggle and determination for independence
The US House of Representatives has introduced a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence.
The resolution was introduced in the first session of the 117th congress by Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday.
Through the resolution, the House of Representatives recognized the people of Bangladesh on the 50th anniversary of their independence, the historical significance of this milestone to those of Bangladeshi heritage, the courage of freedom fighters in the struggle for independence and democracy, and the contributions of Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas fleeing genocide in Myanmar.
The resolution also included the declaration of independence from West Pakistan on March 26, 1971, by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The resolution was co-sponsored by democratic representatives Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, chair of the House committee on foreign affairs Groegory W Meeeks from New York, and Jimmy Gomez from California.
Edward Kennedy’s speech on February 14, 1972, at Dhaka University was also referenced, where he stated: “The struggle of the people of Bangladesh evokes the greatest memories of our past.”
The resolution was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.