Justice Abu Sayeed’s 99th birth anniversary today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:30, Jan 31,2020


Abu Sayeed Chowdhury

Today is the 99th birth anniversary of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury.

On this day in 1921, Abu Sayed was born at Nagbari in Tangail.

Marking the day, Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury National Memorial Council would distribute stipends and certificates amongst meritorious students soon, said a press release on Thursday.

He was the only son of Abdul Hamid Chowdhury, an eminent politician and former speaker of the erstwhile provincial assembly.

He played a significant role in the anti-Hallwell monument movement.

He was elected president of All India Muslim Students Federation’s Britain branch in 1946, said the release.

Abu Sayed also served Dhaka University as a vice-chancellor, and he resigned from the post on March 15 in 1971, protesting at the killings by the Pakistani Army of two of his students on the campus.

He played a significant role in mobilising world opinion in favour of Bangladesh as special envoy of the provisional government.

Abu Sayed was also elected chairman of United Nation Human Rights Commission unanimously.

The former president also authored many books, including Probashe Muktijuddher Dinguli, Manobadhikar, Muslim Family Law in the English Courts, Human Rights in the Twentieth Century and Swadhinotar Protisruti O Onnanya.

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