US embassy expresses concern over Adilur-Elan's imprisonment
Dhaka, Sept 15: The United States has expressed concern over the two-year imprisonment of Adilur Rahman Khan Shubhra, the editor of the human rights organization Odhikar, and ASM Nasir Uddin Elan, the director of the organization. The US Embassy in Dhaka expressed this concern in a statement on Thursday night.
The United States strongly supports the work of human rights activists and civil society organizations in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, the statement said. Our '2022 Country Report on Human Rights in Bangladesh' report highlights 'constraints on freedom of expression online and offline' and human rights organizations being 'operated with specific government restrictions'.
It is also said that the US Embassy in Dhaka is concerned about the court verdict against Adilur Rahman Khan, editor of human rights organization Odhikar and director ASM Nasir Uddin Elan, and believes that it further weakens the ability of human rights activists and civil society to play important democratic roles. can In whatever capacity, Odhikar has monitored and produced reports on the human rights situation in Bangladesh over the past several decades.
"We continue to support freedom of expression and vibrant civil society as essential parts of democracy and oppose attempts to curtail fundamental rights," the statement read.
It is to be noted that the court sentenced human rights activist Adilur-Elan to two years in prison for trying to create fear in the public mind by publishing fake news of death.