Author: VOICE

BANGLADESH: AUTHORITIES MUST REFRAIN FROM HARASSING FAMILY MEMBERS OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN EXILE

Bangladeshi authorities must immediately stop harassing and intimidating the family members of exiled blogger Asad Noor and other human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today. The work of people defending human rights in Bangladesh has become increasingly challenging. In recent years, many bloggers and human rights defenders have fled from persecution at home and sought…

Rights body VOICE urges scrapping DSA

Rights and advocacy organisation Voice had expressed deep concern over the arrest of journalists, online activists, teachers, students, writers, and cartoonists, among others, under Digital Security Act 2018, and urged to scrap the law. In a press release on Saturday, the Dhaka-based organisation urged the government to show respect to the constitutional obligations, international human…

FExB/মুক্ত প্রাকাশ on 30 Days Audit of Media in Lockdown Dhaka, 27 April 2020

The government imposed a countrywide lockdown from 26 March 2020 and extended for the third consecutive period until 05 May 2020 for containment of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh (FExB) or মুক্ত প্রাকাশ(in Bangla), a network of media rights defenders has expressed deep anguish and grave concern over the…

Dhaka Tribune journalist latest victim of custodial torture, abuse of power

The mobile court said they had recovered drugs and alcohol from the journalist’s residence, which his family termed absurd A mobile court in the dead of night jailed Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam for a year, after law enforcement members led by magistrates picked him up from his home in Kurigram. Ariful, Kurigram district correspondent…

Workshop Held over Ensuring Safety for Journalists

A day-long training workshop was held today over ensuring physical safety, digital security and managing the high-risk environment for journalists. The training session titled ”Defending freedom of expression and ensuring safety and security of Journalists” was organized by VOICE, a rights-based organization at the Zilla Parishad Auditorium in Jamalpur. Speakers at the program expressed serious…

Bangladesh: New Arrests Stifle Free Speech Publisher, Singer Charged Under Digital Security Act

Authorities should drop charges and immediately release from custody leading Bangladesh publisher Nur Mohammad and Sufi singer Shariat Sarker, Human Rights Watch said today. Both appear to be detained for having criticized the ruling party, and religious leaders, respectively. The authorities should end all arbitrary arrests and a crackdown on freedom of expression under the draconian Digital Security…