Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 12, 2013


The Government of the United States is deeply concerned by the August 10 detention of Adilur Rahman Khan, who is the Secretary of the internationally-respected Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar. We have reached out to the Government of Bangladesh for an explanation, noting that this detention has a chilling effect on Bangladeshi civil society and is reverberating negatively around the world. We urge Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Adil while the government pursues any outstanding legal issues through a fair and transparent judicial process. In a democracy it is essential that the government ensure an environment in which civil society organizations like Odhikar can freely operate.



PRN: 2013/0995