Prominent human rights defender detained ahead of death penalty conference

Press release

(Kuala Lumpur, Paris) The Malaysian government must immediately release prominent Bangladeshi human rights defender Adilur Rahman Khan, FIDH and its member organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) urged today. Adilur is a Vice-President of FIDH and Secretary of its member organization in Bangladesh, Odhikar.

Adilur was detained on 20 July 2017 at approximately 4:00 am by immigration officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. No reason was given for his detention. Adilur had been invited to attend a death penalty conference organized by the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) from 21-22 July 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

“The Malaysian government’s extension of its crackdown on peaceful activism to foreign human rights defenders is becoming an increasingly disturbing trend. Malaysian authorities must immediately cease all acts of harassment against activists and human rights defenders – nationals and foreigners alike.”

Debbie Stothard, FIDH Secretary-General

FIDH and SUARAM condemn the Malaysian authorities’ decision to detain Adilur. The two organizations note that this is the second case of harassment of a visiting human rights activist in just over a month. On 18 June 2017, Malaysian immigration authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport detained and deported Singaporean activist Han Hui Hui.

Press contacts
FIDH: Mr. Andrea Giorgetta (English) - Tel: +66886117722 (Bangkok)
FIDH: Ms. Audrey Couprie (French, English) - Tel: +33143551412 (Paris)
SUARAM: Mr. Sevan Doraisamy (English, Malay) - Tel: +60169708370 (Kuala Lumpur)
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