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Bangladesh: Guarantee the right to freedom of artistic expression and release detained artists

, Index number: ASA 13/3537/2021

Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the recent arbitrary detention and other forms of harassment of artists who are facing increasing attacks on their right to freedom of expression in Bangladesh. Amnesty International calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore and writer Mushtaq Ahmed since they have been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and drop all charges against artists Anonno Mamun, Shaheen Mridha, Rita Dewan, Kishore, and Mushtaq. Bangladesh must uphold its obligations under international human rights law and guarantee the space of artistic and creative expression without the fear of retribution.

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