UAN Letter: 60/21 Bangladesh

To:  Sheikh Hasina
    Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Cc: His Excellency Dr. Khalilur Rahman
    High Commissioner for the People's Republic of Bangladesh

handwritten letter, transcript follows

3 June 2021

Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina:

I am an engineer writing to you from London, Canada. I am saddened to learn that Shahnewaz Chowdhury was arrested on 28 May 2021. Chowdhury posted to Facebook a message criticizing a local coal-fired power plant.

I call on you to drop the case against Chowdhury and immediately release him from custody. He is being detained for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

He is facing up to 10 years imprisonment under the Digital Security Act. You must repeal or amend the DSA to conform to international standards. Any law so broad as to sweep up a single Facebook post is in conflict with Bangladesh's obligations as a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Sincerely, Shawn Nock