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UK-based Bangladeshi law professionals demand release of Shahidul, others

  • Published at 12:02 am August 16th, 2018
Shahidul Alam
File photo of Shahidul Alam Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The UK-based law professionals have condemned the reported excessive use of force by the police and their negligence in apprehending these men, reads a press release

UK-based barristers, solicitors, legal professionals, and legal academics from Bangladesh have condemned the current situation in Bangladesh. They have called it unlawful and arbitrary suppression of freedom of expression, association, and assembly. 

Following the death of two school students by a speeding bus in Dhaka on July 29, friends and fellows of the deceased, school students from a wide range of schools across the capital Dhaka and outside, took to the streets demanding road safety and effective enforcement of traffic rules. 

It has been reported that their peaceful protest was hindered by the unlawful use of force by the police and unidentified men armed with sticks and machetes.

The UK-based law professionals have condemned the reported excessive use of force by the police and their negligence in apprehending these men, reads a press release.

They are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the internationally recognized photographer and human rights defender, Dr Shahidul Alam, and 22 students of East West University, North South University, South-East University, and Brac University. The students have been shown arrested, allegedly for vandalism and attacks on policemen during the road safety movement. 

Dr Shahidul Alam, founder of Drik, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, and Chobi Mela International Photography Festival, Dhaka, was arrested following a live interview on Al Jazeera Television. He was arrested from his home in Dhaka on August 5, without a warrant. 

It is reported he was subsequently arrested under Section 57 of the Information and Communication (ICT) Act, 2006.  

The UK-based law professionals demand: that all of them be unconditionally released, that the government investigate allegations of abuse and torture by the police, that the government abolish Section 57 of the ICT Act, and that the government meet the justified demands of students for safer roads. The UK-based law professionals demand further, that the government enforce existing laws appropriately, and prioritize commissioning a wide scale policy research to resolve the lacking in the traffic system and the irregularities.