09/12/2018

Urgent Action: Prisoner of Conscience Faces Prolonged Detention (Bangladesh: UA 146.18)


Shahidul Alam, a prisoner of conscience and possible victim of torture, has been denied bail and is being subjected to prolonged detention for peacefully exercising his right to free speech after a case was filed against him under section 57 of the draconian Information and Communication Technology Act of Bangladesh. If tried and convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison.

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Shahidul Alam, a renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist, has been denied bail by a lower court in Dhaka on 11 September 2018, more than a month after he was wrongfully detained for expressing views critical of Bangladesh government on his Facebook account.

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 24 October, 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

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
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