Dipti Rani Das, a 17-year-old girl from the Hindu minority community in Bangladesh, was arrested by the police for a Facebook post and has been held at a correction facility for more than a year, since October 28, 2020. Booked under the country’s draconian Digital Security Act on vague charges of “hurting religious sentiment” and “advancing to deteriorate law and order”, she could face up to seven years in jail. She should be released immediately.TAKE ACTION:
- Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on January 19, 2022
- Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
- Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 120.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.
- Immediately release Dipti Rani Das and all those detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression;
- Ensure the protection of Dipti Rani Das, her family and other members of minority groups in Bangladesh from communal or politically motivated attacks;
- Repeal the Digital Security Act or amend it in line with international human rights law, including the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights to which Bangladesh is a party.