On September 11, 2013 a joint open letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh was issued by 32 regional and international organisations on the continued detention of Adilur Rahman Khan and harassment of Odhikar. Adilur Rahman Khan is one of Bangladesh’s most prominent human rights defenders and the Secretary of Odhikar. He is also a member of the General Assembly of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT); member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA); and a board member of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL). Odhikar is also a member organization of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
The international organisations expressed their deep concern over the arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan on August 10, 2013 and his continued detention in connection with his work in the defense of human rights. They urge the relevant authorities to release Mr. Khan immediately and drop all charges.
Letter to Prime Minister Hasina Re Adilur Rahman Khan September 11, 2013 (full text in English, PDF)