Target: Abdul Hamid, President of Bangladesh
Goal: Ensure that an elderly imprisoned journalist is provided with proper medical care.
Eighty-one-year-old journalist Shafik Rehman is being held in connection with an alleged kidnapping plot. He suffers from serious health conditions, and his family fears that he is not receiving the care he requires in the prison clinic. Sign the petition and demand that he receive adequate health care.
Rehman, who has been targeted by the government before as a result of his journalism, was arrested and charged with “conspiring to abduct and assassinate” the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister. Bangladeshi authorities claim to have evidence that the plan was hatched in the United States, where the prime minister’s son currently lives, but U.S. authorities have expressed doubts that Rehman was involved or if the plot even existed at all.
Rehman was initially held in solitary confinement and was not granted access to his family or to a lawyer. However, he has since been removed from solitary confinement and is being allowed regular communication with people outside the prison. He is eating food that his family brings him and receiving treatment for medical conditions, including diabetes and a heart condition, in the prison clinic, but his family is concerned that it is not up to the standard of care he needs.
All prisoners, no matter what they are accused of, have the right to adequate healthcare. Sign the petition and tell authorities in Bangladesh to ensure that Shafik Rehman is receiving the care he needs.
Dear President Hamid,
I am writing to ensure that Shafik Rehman, an elderly journalist imprisoned in Dhaka Central Jail, has access to medical care. He suffers from serious medical conditions, including diabetes and heart trouble, and his family is concerned that the care he is receiving from the prison clinic is not adequate.
Rehman was arrested for his alleged role in a plot to kidnap the prime minister’s son, Sajib Wazed Joy. The plot was supposedly arranged in the United States, where Sajib Wazed Joy lives, but U.S. authorities have expressed doubt regarding Shafik Rehman’s involvement in the plot and doubt as to whether such a plot existed at all.
Whether he was involved in a kidnapping plot or not, the fact remains that Shafik Rehman has the right to access adequate medical care. I therefore urge you to grant him the care he needs, even if it is necessary to move him to an out-of-prison facility.
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