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Bangladesh: Release Facebook user who criticised Prime Minister

05 September 2016

The Bangladeshi authorities must immediately release a 22-year-old student activist detained for two Facebook posts criticising the country’s Prime Minister, Amnesty International said on 3 September.

"Bangladesh’s authorities should immediately drop this case. By invoking draconian laws to hound critics for Facebook posts, they are not just cracking down on peaceful dissent but courting embarrassment," said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for South Asia.

Dilip Roy could face up to 14 years in prison after a student body linked to the government filed a case against him under the country’s Information and Communications Technology Act (ICT) for allegedly making "derogatory remarks" about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid.

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