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Detention of Bangladeshi Human Rights Activist Adilur Rahman Khan


Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 12, 2013

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The Government of the United States is deeply concerned by the August 10 detention of Adilur Rahman Khan, who is the Secretary of the internationally-respected Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar. We have reached out to the Government of Bangladesh for an explanation, noting that this detention has a chilling effect on Bangladeshi civil society and is reverberating negatively around the world. We urge Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Adil while the government pursues any outstanding legal issues through a fair and transparent judicial process. In a democracy it is essential that the government ensure an environment in which civil society organizations like Odhikar can freely operate.



PRN: 2013/0995

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