The protest coincides with the BIMSTEC summit, which has brought the region’s leaders to town
The walls and streets of Kathmandu have been lit up with projected images and slogans calling for the release of noted Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam.
The projections were installed as the city welcomes several heads of state and governments for the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on Thursday and Friday.
A press release issued by Drik Gallery on Wednesday confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.
The aim of this demonstration is to draw the attention of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is scheduled to attend the Summit. The light projections display Shahidul’s quotes and photographs.
“Shahidul has been assaulted in custody, denied proper medical treatment, and denied proper access to his lawyer and family,” the Drik press release read.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is attending BIMSTEC alongside her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, and the heads of state of: Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. The summit will conclude on Friday.