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Urgent Action: Bangladesh prisoner of conscience faces prolonged detention

Shahidul Alam being taken away by police.
Shahidul Alam being taken away by police.

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.

Take action

Write, call or fax calling on authorities to:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam and withdraw all cases against him as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for peacefully expressing his opinions;
  • Immediately order an independent and efficient investigation into his torture allegations, and if found to be true prosecute those responsible in fair proceedings;
  • Amend or repeal the Information and Communication Technology Act so as to bring Bangladeshi laws into line with international human rights law.

Contact these officials before 24 October:

Minister of Home Affairs
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal
Bangladesh Secretariat
Mobile: +880 1 711541569
Tel: +880 2 9574800
Fax: +880 2 9133498
Salutation: Honourable Home Minister

Inspector General of Police
Mohammad Javed Patwary
Police Headquarters
Tel: +880 2 9514444;
+880 2 9514445;
Fax: +880 2 7125840
Salutation: Dear Inspector General of Police        

With copies to:

Political Affairs Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister
H.T. Imam
Prime Minister’s Office
Tel: +880 2 9129997
Salutation: Dear Advisor 


His Excellency Mr. MD. Nazmul Quaunine
High Commission for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 
28 Queen’s Gate London 
020 7584 0081, 
Fax: 020 7581 7477,


Download the full UA as a pdf here.
Download the full UA in Word here.