Democracy International on Wednesday recognised 39 political leaders from Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jatiya Party as Champions of Peace for their achievements in championing peaceful and participatory elections.
They were awarded at a ceremony at Westin Hotel in Dhaka, said a press release.
The awardees include Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader and BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Awami League’s HT Imam and Md Abdur Razzak, BNP leaders Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and JP leader Ziauddin Bablu.
The programme was organised under the Strengthening Political Landscape project co-funded by USAID and UKAID.
DI, a non-government organisation, said since the launch of the Shantite Bijoy campaign, the leaders had paved the way for party leaders and activists to participate in constructive multiparty events across Bangladesh including peace rallies, face to face dialogues between candidates and voters, multiparty round table meetings, and workshops to address citizens’ issues.
At the award ceremony, Awami League leader and advisor to the prime minister, HT Imam said this ‘Champion of Peace’ award will inspire political leaders to foster the spirit of peaceful elections.
Such peace building processes should occur frequently, he said.
Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, member of BNP’s standing committee, said peace requires social and political justice.
He said the political parties should break down the political divides and engage in constructive debates to resolve their issues.
Ziauddin Bablu, Jatiya Party presidium member, said they were learning the democracy building process and said there were some good progress and hopefully they would continue to improve all aspects of Bangladesh’s democracy.
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