08/07/2018

Urgent Action: ACTIVIST FACES 14 YEARS IN JAIL FOR MEDIA INTERVIEW (Bangladesh: UA 146.18)


Shahidul Alam, photographer and outspoken social activist, has been charged under Section 57 of Bangladesh’s Information and Communication Technology Act after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera on the current wave of school student protests in Bangladesh. Detained and charged solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression, Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Shahidul Alam, photographer and outspoken social activist, has been charged under Section 57 of Bangladesh’s Information and Communication Technology Act after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera on the current wave of school student protests in Bangladesh. Detained and charged solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression, Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam, who is a prisoner of conscience, and drop all charges as he has been detained solely for peacefully exercising his human right to freedom of expression;
  • Ensure that activists, human rights defenders, journalists, academics and members of the political opposition and other members of the public are able to peacefully exercise their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.

Contact these two officials by 18 September, 2018:
Minister of Home Affairs
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Phone: 880 1 71 154 1569 -OR- 880 2 957 4800
Fax: 880 2 913 3498
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Home Minister

Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin,
Embassy of Bangladesh
3510 International Drive NW,

Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202 244 0183
Fax: 202 244 2771 -OR- 202 244 7830
Contact form: http://www.bdembassyusa.org/?page=contact
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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