Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan,Human Rights Defenders
A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is informed that, at 10:20 p.m. on 10th August 2013 officers from the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan police have taken into custoday. Mr. Adlilur Rahman Khan, one of the most respected human rights defenders in Bangladesh, from his residence in Dhaka. Adilur is the Secretary of Odhikar, a prominent human rights organisation in the country , known for its critical assessments of human rights in performance and practice, by the Government of Bangladesh. Adilur has also served as the Deputy Attorney General of Bangladesh and is a Senior Lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court.
Adilur arrest will have a chilling effect upon the entire civil society in the country. That such arrest in Bangladesh often is accompanied by brutal forms of torture, leading to even deaths in custody, places Adilur life and security at great peril in the hands of the state agency.
The AHRC and all of its partners condemn Adilur arrest and detention and calls upon the Government of Bangladesh to immediately release Adilur from custody . We further request the government , to ensure that Adilur is neither tortured nor inhumanly treated by the police.
The AHRC is informed that the arrest is allegedly on the accusation, that Adilur has committed offences under Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006, a legislation misused at will inBangladesh, to silence freedomof opinion and expression, and often used by the government in violation of personal privacy and professional indemnity of the citizens. The AHRC urges all diplomatic mission in Dhaka to inervene in this case so that Adilur will not be ill treated by the police or tortured in custody.
Dated: 11th August, 2013