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ASK demands release of poet Henry Sawpon

  • Published at 10:51 pm May 15th, 2019
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Police on Tuesday arrested Henry under the Digital Security Act from his home in Barisal

Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK), a non-government legal aid and human rights organization, has voiced concern over the arrest and jailing of eminent poet Henry Sawpon in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.

The organization issued a press release on Wednesday, demanding immediate release of the poet and withdrawal of the case.

The ASK press release read: "We are deeply concerned about Henry's arrest. Such incidents further worry us about misuse of the Digital Security Act as it is being used to stifle people's freedom of expression."

"We urge the government to take quick steps to release poet Henry, ensure his safety, and stop  misuse of theDigital Security Act."

"We want to emphasize that there is no alternative to ensuring freedom of expression to ensure democracy, rule of law, and exercising human rights," the press release said. 

Police on Tuesday arrested Henry under the Digital Security Act from his home in the Goal Pukur Christian Community area of Barisal district, and took him to jail from the Metropolitan Magistrate Court. 

Police said the priest of the local Catholic Church filed an allegation against Henry for his Facebook status criticizing a local church program.

Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Shahabuddin Khan, said a priest of the local Catholic Church filed an allegation against Henry for hurting religious sentiments of the Christian and Muslim communities.