Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Monday, August 6, 2018 11:28:04 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Release photographer, end crackdown on student protests: AI

By
07th-Aug-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

AI News, Dhaka :
The Bangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam, a well-known photographer and activist, who was detained by plainclothes policemen on 5 August 2018 after giving an interview to Al-Jazeera English on the current wave of student protests in Dhaka, Amnesty International said Monday. At least 115 students were injured over the weekend as the police resorted to grossly excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas at thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful student protestors. The students also came under attack from pro-government counter-demonstrators.
"Shahidul Alam must be immediately and unconditionally released. There is no justification whatsoever for detaining anyone for solely peacefully expressing their views. His arrest marks a dangerous escalation of a crackdown by the government that has seen the police and vigilantes unleash violence against student protestors," said Omar Waraich, Amnesty International's Deputy South Asia Director.
"The Bangladeshi government must end the crackdown on the student protestors and people speaking out against it. The students have a right to peaceful assembly and physical security. These rights should be respected and protected, and there should be an immediate and effective investigation into the use of force by police, the violent actions of pro-government vigilantes who also attacked the students, and why the police did nothing to stop them."
Thousands of Bangladeshi students have taken to the streets of Dhaka to demand safer roads after two teenagers were killed and 13 others injured while waiting at a bus stop outside a college when a speeding bus hit them.
Shahidul Alam, the photographer who was detained by the Detective Branch of the Bangladesh police, has not thus far been charged with any offence. There are fears that he could be charged under Section 57 of Bangladesh's draconian Information Communication Technology Act, which is inconsistent with international legal standards for the protection of the right to freedom of expression.
Under international human rights law and standards, law enforcement officials must as far as possible apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms. They can only resort to the use of force and firearms when other means have proved ineffective, and must then still exercise restraint.
"As Bangladesh heads towards elections later this year, it is crucial that the government adheres to its international obligations, including the protection of the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and security of persons," said Omar Waraich.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Our juvenile justice like our general justice system lacks human considerations


CHIEF Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Saturday expressed annoyance over 75 judges of 69 juvenile courts across the country for keeping 21,503 cases pending for a long time. Significantly, the observation comes at a time when the country's juvenile first time in the history revolted against the government mismanagement in ...

Sports »

Jason Day, from Australia, watches his approach shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club on Saturday in Akron, Ohio.


Football »

Chicago Fire forward Alan Gordon (left) and Real Salt Lake defender Justen Glad (15) vie for the ball during an MLS soccer game in Sandy, Utah on Saturday.


Entertainment »

Taapsee Pannu spotted at Mulk private screening


Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s powerful outing Mulk opened in theatres yesterday. The movie presents a hard-hitting narrative starring veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu in the lead role. The movie has received a positive word of mouth publicity so far and it will be reflected in the Box Office in ...

Entertainment »

Shreya Dhanwanthary signed for Cheat India


Shreya Dhanwanthary has been penciled in as the lead in the keenly anticipated Emraan Hashmi - starrer, Cheat India. The Producers’ had previously cast breakthrough talent, Jim Sarbh and Manav Kaul in Neerja and Tumhari Sulu respectively. Shreya makes it to the list of new-finds. An actor and model, Shreya ...

City »

Police intervenes to stop march by the unruly students demanding safe road in city's Dhanmondi area. Several students were injured in the clashes between two groups yesterday.


International »

Britain likely to leave EU without deal: Minister


AFP, London :Britain is now likely leave the European Union without a deal due to the "intransigence" of the European Union, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told the Sunday Times.The pro-Brexit minister said that the chances of a no-deal Brexit were now "60-40", laying the blame on EU chief negotiator ...

Sports »

Zverev beats Nishikori to reach semis, Murray withdraws


AFP, Washington :Defending champion Alexander Zverev outlasted Japan's Kei Nishikori 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Friday to reach the ATP Washington Open semi-finals while three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray withdrew citing fatigue.Germany's third-ranked Zverev, seeking his fifth final of the season and third title of the year after Munich and Madrid, ...

Sports »

Sakkari beat Venus Williams to reach San Jose semis


Greece's Maria Sakkari delivered one of the biggest upsets of her career at the WTA San Jose tournament, ousting former seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in a straight sets shocker.The 23-year-old Sakkari saved two set points in the second set en route to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) victory over ...

Entertainment »

Amitabh gets emotional on 36 years of Coolie accident


Amitabh Bachchan is unarguably one of the biggest stars Indian cinema has ever witnessed. The supremely talented actor has starred in several Bollywood films in his long journey of 49 years. The megastar sustained a fatal injury while shooting his 1983 film Coolie. Senior Bachchan stills feels that it was ...

Entertainment »

Google celebrates 'tragedy queen' Meena Kumari


Meena Kumari, whose real name was Mahajabeen Ara Begum, was born on August 1, 1933. She began her career at the age of six under the name Baby Meena in Vijay Bhatt's "Leatherface" (1939). Google on Wednesday celebrated the 85th birth anniversary of Bollywood actor Meena Kumari with a doodle. ...

Editorial »

It`s a very tough task for a morally weak government


THE transport owners and workers have paralyzed the country for last couple of days by administering strike amidst the demand for road safety by the people of all social strata led by school-college students. The demand for vehicular movement with fitness certificate, licensed driver and exemplary punishment for killing people ...

City »

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, along with other distinguished persons at the launching event and training programme on 'Digital Dashboard for Children's Court' organised jointly by Supreme Court Special Committee on Child Rights and UNICEF Bangladesh in the auditorium of Bangladesh Supreme Court on Saturday.


International »

North Korea alarmed by US attitudes but committed to nuclear deal


Reuters, Singapore :North Korea's foreign minister said on Saturday he was increasingly alarmed by U.S. attitudes toward the isolated state but said it remained firm in its determination to implement the nuclear deal it reached with Washington in June.The United States and North Korea pledged to end the North's nuclear ...

Editorial »

Proposed Act must ensure proper punishment of law violators to make the road secure, govt should not bow down to unlawful pressure


News media reported that the proposed much-talked-about Road Transport Act does not contain the provision of capital punishment. The Act is expected to play the role of an extinguisher to douse the flame torched by juveniles that eventually spread over the country for securing road safety. But now it seems, ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news