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Bangladesh: further information on: legal concern / fear of ill-treatment

, Index number: ASA 13/003/1996

Begum Motia Chowdhury, Mohammed Nasim, Moudud Ahmed, Tofael Ahmed, Abdul Kader Mollah and dozens of other opposition activists: it is reported that Mohammed Nasim, Tofael Ahmed and Abdul Kader Mollah were released on 5 March 1996.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 13/03/96
6 March 1996
Further information on UA 48/96 (ASA 13/02/96, 27 February 1996) - Legal concern
/ Fear of ill-treatment
BANGLADESH Begum Motia Chowdhury
Mohammed Nasim
Moudud Ahmed
Tofael Ahmed
Abdul Kader Mollah
and dozens of other opposition activists
According to Agence France Presse reports, Mohammed Nasim, Tofael Ahmed and
Abdul Kader Mollah, three of the opposition leaders arrested and detained
recently, were released on 5 March 1996 from Dhaka Central Jail. Their arrests
followed a three-day strike called by the main opposition parties, which began
on 24 February 1996. There has been no further information regarding the
situation of the remaining prisoners in this case.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English/Bengali or in your own language:
- welcoming the news that three opposition leaders have been released;
- seeking further information about Begum Motia Chowdhury, Moudud Ahmed and
the dozens of other opposition activists also arrested in connection with the
recent general strikes;
- seeking assurances that all those remaining in detention are being treated
humanely in accordance with international standards for detention;
- urging that unless there is demonstrable evidence of involvement in a
recognizable criminal act against those still being detained, they should be
released immediately and unconditionally.
APPEALS TO:
President Abdur Rahman Biswas
Office of the President
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Faxes: +880 2 869 160 (Minister of Foreign Affairs: mark for attention of
President)
Telegrams: President Biswas, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Salutation: Dear President
Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
Office of the Prime Minister
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Faxes: + 880 2 813 244; + 880 2 811 015
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of Bangladesh accredited to your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 27 April 1996.

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