Urgent: Bangladesh, Release World Renowned Photographer Shahidul Alam
World-renowned photographer and social activist, Shahidul Alam, is facing 14 years in prison simply for giving a media interview.
[UPDATE] On 11 September 2018, Shahidul Alam, a prisoner of conscience and possible victim of torture, has been denied bail and is being subjected to prolonged detention for peacefully exercising his right to free speech after a case was filed against him under section 57 of the draconian Information and Communication Technology Act of Bangladesh. If tried and convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison. Amnesty International considers Shahidul Alam a prisoner conscience who has been arrested for nothing but peacefully exercising his right to freedom of speech.
Now more than ever, we must let the Bangladeshi authorities know that the world is watching. Sign the petition calling for Shahidul’s immediate and unconditional release.
Shahidul spoke with Al-Jazeera, criticising the Bangladesh government for its violent repression of popular student protests calling for safer roads in the wake of a tragic bus accident.
Shahidul photographed and live-streamed the protests, which saw more than 200 students injured by police. Five journalists covering the protests were also attacked by men in plainclothes wielding machetes and iron-bars.
This is the Bangladesh government attempting to silence dissent.
On the night of 5 August, shortly after giving the interview, plainclothes police seized Shahidul from his Dhaka apartment. There are grave fears for Shahidul’s safety. When he appeared in court, Shahidul was injured and unable to walk. He has been moved to a hospital for treatment, but remains in custody. Police custody in Bangladesh is notorious for ill-treatment, torture and even death. We must urgently pressure authorities to unconditionally release Shahidul.
Let’s show Bangladeshi authorities that the world is watching. Sign the petition calling for Shahidul’s immediate and unconditional release.