Bangladesh: No Space for Dissent – Bangladesh’s Crackdown on Freedom of Expression Online

Bangladeshi authorities have imprisoned at least 433 individuals under the country’s draconian Digital Security Act (DSA), according to the country’s Department of Prisons as of 11 July 2021. This briefing examines cases under the DSA – a law that contains overbroad and vague provisions granting the authorities extensive powers to police the online space – against 10 individuals who have been subjected to a wide range of human rights violations including enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and torture, simply for criticising powerful people on social media.

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