Target: President Abdul Hamid
Goal: Charge 81-year-old journalist who has been held in detention for four months with a crime or release him.
An 81-year-old journalist has been held in jail for four months without charge in Bangladesh. Shafik Rehman, a known supporter of Bangladesh’s opposition party, the Bangladesh National Party, has previously been subject to harassment by authorities, according to reports. He was arrested several months ago on suspicion of involvement in a plot to kidnap the Bangladeshi prime minister’s son. However, he has never been charged with any crime. Despite this fact, bail has been denied on three occasions.
Shafik Rehman suffers from diabetes and a heart condition, and yet for periods of his detention he was reportedly kept in solitary confinement and denied access to adequate medical treatment. While he has since gained access to medical care, his family claim that the care is not sufficient and that his condition is deteriorating.
Under international law, it is illegal to hold an individual without charges for months on end. Further, Mr. Rehman, if charged, has a right to a prompt trial. Additionally, Mr. Rehman has a right to adequate medical care, otherwise his detention will become a de-facto death sentence. Sign our petition and demand that Bangladesh respect Shafik Rehman’s human rights.
Dear President Hamid,
I am concerned about the continued detention of Shafik Rehman. He has yet to be charged with an internationally recognized crime and yet has been denied bail on three occasions. The continued detention of Shafik Rehman is a violation of his human rights. I urge you to either charge him with a crime or secure his release.
Secondly, as an 81-year-old man with a documented heart condition and diabetes, Shafik Rehman requires access to medical treatment. I was pleased to see that he has been allowed access to some medical care, but his family claim that it is insufficient and that his condition is deteriorating. I urge you to ensure he has access to adequate medical care to avoid this detention becoming a de-facto death sentence.
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