Release Man Reportedly Disappeared by Police

Bangladesh Flag by Nicolas Raymond

Target: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh

Goal: Determine the whereabouts of Hasnat Karim and ensure that he has access to a lawyer and contact with his family.

Hasnat Karim, his wife, and his two children were among the survivors of a recent terrorist attack in Bangladesh that left 20 victims and eight militants dead. After the attack, the survivors were transferred into police custody for questioning. While his wife and children were released the following day, Hasnat has since disappeared. Despite the fact that they have not announced his release, and none of his family has heard from him, authorities claim that Hasnat is no longer in their custody. Critically, Hasnat Karim has a stent in his heart and may require access to medical care.

Given that his last known whereabouts was in police custody and there is no record of his release, it is the responsibility of the authorities to locate Hasnat Karim. If the authorities are detaining him it is without charges, access to a lawyer, contact with his family, and possibly without access to medical care. These are gross violations of human rights. Sign our petition and demand that Hasnat Karim be located, and his human rights respected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister,

I was disturbed to hear about the disappearance of Hasnat Karim. As you know, he was last seen in the custody of law enforcement and has contacted neither his wife nor his family in the week that followed. Furthermore, Dhaka law enforcement has  yet to produce evidence of his release. His family has not been informed of either his whereabouts or the reason for his continued detention. If there are no grounds for charges, I urge you to secure his immediate release.

If, however, there are internationally recognized criminal charges pending, his family must be informed of the reason for his detention. Furthermore, I urge you to allow Mr. Karim to have access to medical care, his family, and legal representation. In addition, he must be presented before a court as quickly as possible. These are his rights under international law, and they must be respected.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nicolas Raymond

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