On behalf of the bereaved families and victims of bombings and kidnappings in Mindanao and in the interest truth and justice, the undersigned civil society organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates strongly call for an immediate and impartial investigation over the suspicious release from detention of high-valued Abu Sayyaf inmates from the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) of Bicutan Jail sometime in February 2013 through the alleged ―facilitation‖ of a very powerful politician from Sulu.CSO statement on Anu Sayaf releases.
HER EXCELLENCY SHEIKH HASINA
Office of the Prime Minister, Gona Bhaban,
Old Sangsad Bhaban, Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh
August 12, 2013
Dear Madam: Letter to Bangladesh PM re HRD Adil
Bangladesh: Arbitrary Arrest of Human Rights Defender Condemned, Adilur Rahman Khan Must be Released Immediately
(Bangkok, 11 August 2013) - The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights group with 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, strongly condemned the arrest and harassment of Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Odhikar, a local human rights organization at the forefront of fighting torture, extrajudicial killings and abuses by law enforcement officials. As the Executive Committee member of FORUM-ASIA and the partner of various other international NGOs, he is a renowned human rights defender in international human rights circles.FA Press Release on HRD Adil of ODHIKAR.