Government of Bangladesh urged to release human rights defender

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UN Human Rights Office

Authorities in Bangladesh have been urged to secure the immediate release of a prominent human rights defender in the country.

The appeal has come from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva which has expressed concern about the arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan.

Liz Throssell, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, says Mr. Khan was arrested on Saturday at his home in the capital, Dhaka, by plainclothes officers who reportedly acted without a warrant.

"He is reported to have been arrested under section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, accused of publishing false information about violence by Government forces during demonstrations on 5 and 6 May by the Islamist movement, Hefazat-e-Islami. Odhikar reported that 61 people had died during these protests, challenging the government's version of events. On 11 August, Mr Khan was denied bail and ordered to be held on remand for five days." (28")

She says Mr. Khan was allegedly denied access to a lawyer before his court hearing.

The UN human rights office is calling on the Government of Bangladesh to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr Khan.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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