IFJ Condemns Arrest, Alleged Torture of Journalist in Bangladesh

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) joins partners in Bangladesh in strongly condemning the arrest

and subsequent alleged custodial torture of Mostafizur Rahman Sumon, a crime

reporter with the web-based news portal, justnewsbd.com.

 

Sources in Bangladesh have informed the IFJ that

Sumon was arrested on July 13 in the vicinity of a computer store in the capital

city of Dhaka. He was taken to an unknown location by the Detective Branch of

the local police and held for two days, during which he was allegedly severely

tortured.

 

The president and general secretary of the National

Press Club, Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmad, have in a joint statement,

denounced Sumon’s arrest and torture.

 

Sumon’s family believes that he is being victimized for his active

involvement in the protests over the police failure to bring to justice the

perpetrators of the twin murder of the journalist couple Meherun Runi and Sagar

Sarowar in March.

 

Sources suggest that he is still being held in custody.

 

“The IFJ calls for Sumon’s immediate release and a comprehensive medical

examination to establish the nature of any torture he may have suffered”, said

the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

 

“Those responsible for his arrest and incarceration must be held

accountable for any possible breach of Bangladesh’s international human rights

obligations”.

 

 

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