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Dhaka, July 20: In recognition of their special contribution to the formation of world public opinion for the independence of Bangladesh, the government has recognized 12 expatriates in the United Kingdom at that time (1971) as freedom fighters. On 13 July, a notification was issued by the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs recognizing them as freedom fighters. Later on Sunday (July 18) it was published in the form of a gazette. Earlier, the decision was taken at the 74th meeting of the National Freedom Fighters Council.