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PSPD    People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy

  • Int. Solidarity
  • 2013.08.12
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People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy(PSPD) is a member of Solidarity for Democratization movement in Asia(SDMA) together with Odhikar. Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan who was arbitrary arrested and detaned is the Secretary of Odhikar. Below is a joint press statement released by SDMA member organisations calling for Mr. Khan's immediate release. 


Release Human Rights Defender Adilur Rahman Khan Immediately!

 

Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, a respected human rights defender, the Secretary of leading human rights organization, Odhikar, and a senior lawyer of the supreme court of Bangladesh was arbitrarily arrested by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police on the night of August 10, 2013 upon returning home in Dhaka with his family.

 

His arrest is linked with his recent engagement in the fact report that Odhikar has published in June. The report said that 61 people were brutally killed and many more injured by almost ten thousand members of police force on the night of May 5 2013. 

 

He was arrested under the Information and Communication Technology Act, charging him of misleading people and disseminating “false information” about police crackdown against Hefazat-e-Islan activists in downtown Dhaka.

 

On August 11 the Chief Metropolitan Court placed him 5 days detention which is called remand in Bangladesh during which he was under police investigation It is highly regarded that he may face torture and other forms of cruel and degrading treatment while in police custody especially remand is synonymous to torture.

 

At the break of August 12 he was brought to the CMM court. Police did not let his family or lawyers to go near to him. After picking him up at 10:20 PM on August 10, fellow activists and family members tried to file a General Diary at the Gulshan Police station but Officer in Charge, Mr. Pushpa, didn't take the GD, but confirmed that he was taken by DB police. We came to know police is asking for 10 days remand.

 

Mr. Adilur has been struggling for eradication of torture, extrajudicial killings, disappearance and other human rights violence, and upholding the rights of minorities in last 25 years. It is also feared that his arrest will have a chilling effect on other human rights defenders and whistle blowers, preventing them from speaking out against state abuses.

 

We strongly condemn the Bangladeshi government’s attempts to hide its wrongdoings and bring a false allegation against Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan. We urgently demand the government stop victimizing him and release him immediately.

 

August 12 2013

 

Solidarity for Democratization Movements in Asia (SDMA)

 

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Regional Asia

Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), The Philippines

Institute for Defense Security and Peace Studies (IDSPS), Indonesia

Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, Indonesia

Odhikar, Bangladesh

People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), Republic of Korea

The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Republic of Korea

 

The May 18 Folk Academy 2013

 

Saima Gull, Centre for Social Policy Development (CSPD), Pakistan

Mansoor Ahmad, Rehabilitation and Development Services for Afghanistan (EDSA), Afghanistan

Bikash Dahal, Martyrs Memorial Foundation, Nepal

Chan Shuk Ching Woman Coalition of HKSAR, Hongkong

Md. Ahsanuzzaman, Odhikar, Bangladesh

Arkar Boh, The 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, Burma

Phone Piay Kywe, All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), Burma

Ruangrit Pothiprom, Pook Huk Group (The Activist Group for Democracy in Thailand), Thailand

Le Thi Thu Huong, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (IC-VVAF), Vietam

Kembabazi  Lydia Winyi, African Centre For Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV), Uganda

Tsogzolmaa Tumur, Mongolian Gender Quality (MGEC), Mongolia

Swandaru, Imparsial, the Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, Indonesia

Rayappan Raj Arockiyasamy, SETIK, Sri Lanka

Phanindra Adhikari, Centre for Victims of Torture (CVICT), Nepal

Wong Chin Huat, Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI), Malaysia

Forhad Hossain, Local Education and Economic Development Organization (LEEDO), Bangladesh

Yuliawati, Tempo Magazine (PT Tempo Inti Media Tbk), Indonesia

Bernard Lim (Movement for a Democratic Society)

Patrick Yepe Lombaia, Papua New Guinea Mining Watch Group Association INC., Papua New Guinea

Okisai Cleophas, Teso Peace and Human Rights Development Initiative, Kenya

Nir Oren, Israeli-Palestine Bereaved Families for Peace, Israel

Ajit Kumar Panda, VIKASH, India

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