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BDI Statement Seeking Immediate Release of Dr. Shahidul Alam

The Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh provides every citizen the right to freedom of speech and expression, the freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom of the press. In keeping with these constitutional provisions, Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) joins others in expressing our dismay at the continued incarceration of Dr. Shahidul Alam. Dr. Alam is an eminent citizen and an internationally renowned photographer and writer, whose many honors and awards have brought both pride and recognition to Bangladesh and its citizens.  In recognition of his lifetime contributions, Dr. Alam received Shilpakala Padak award from the President of Bangladesh in 2014, one of the highest honors given to artists.  We call upon the Government of Bangladesh for his immediate release.

The following members of Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI) support this statement:

  1. Dr. Ahrar Ahmad
  2. Dr. Ashraf Ali
  3. Dr. Ahmed Badruzzaman
  4. Dr. Elora Chowdhury
  5. Mr. Waziuddin Chowdhury
  6. Dr. Akhlaque Haque
  7. Dr. Faizul Islam
  8. Dr. Farida Khan
  9. Dr. Adnan Morshed
  10. Dr. Rahim Quazi
  11. Dr. Munir Quddus
  12. Dr. Elora Shehabuddin