Bangladesh: Singer arrested for ‘hurting religious sentiment’: Shariat Boyati

Index Number: ASA 13/1809/2020

Bangladeshi folk singer Shariat Boyati has been arrested under the draconian Digital Security Act for stating that music is not forbidden in the Quran. He faces up to five years’ imprisonment on vague charges of hurting religious sentiment. Arrested for solely exercising his right to freedom of expression, Shariat Boyati must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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