Bangladesh : Adilur Rahman Khan released on bail

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Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of FIDH member-organisation Odhikar, was released on bail Friday 11 of October by a Supreme Court decision which the government had attempted to appeal, to no avail. This release follows a solidarity mission for Adil and Odhikar carried out in Bangladesh by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint FIDH-OMCT programme.

The mission delegates were able to meet with the Minister of Information, the Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission and the Attorney General of Bangladesh, as well as a number of diplomats and civil society representatives. They also attended the hearing before the High Court Division of the Supreme Court on October 8, 2013, when the decision to release Adil on bail was issued.

" We welcome the decision of the High Court Division to release our friend Adil on bail, but obviously the fight continues. We now call for the end of any act of harassment against Adil and Odhikar. The extreme pressure they have all been suffering is not tolerable, and we all stand by their side. We will continue to use the best of our peaceful legal and advocacy means for Bangladesh’s international human rights obligations to prevail for the very sake of the country " said FIDH President Karim Lahidji.

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