Urgent Call for Immediate Release of Khadijatul Kubra

In a distressing turn of events, Khadijatul Kubra, a 17-year-old student of political science at Jagannath University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, finds herself in a harrowing situation. Back in November 2020, she took the initiative to host a webinar on campus politics, aiming to foster informed discussions and awareness within the student community. Regrettably, this noble endeavor has led to her incarceration under the draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) on 27 August 2022

Khadija’s arrest came after a recording of the webinar surfaced on YouTube, uploaded by a guest speaker—a former Bangladeshi army official now residing in Canada. His comments, perceived to be critical of the Bangladeshi authorities, resulted in a cascade of charges filed against Khadija under the DSA. These allegations include attempting to ‘deteriorate law and order’ and ‘defaming’ the Prime Minister, among others.

Despite facing allegedly severe medical issues, including kidney complications, Khadija’s repeated bail applications have been met with denial. Shockingly, she was transferred to a ‘condemned cell’ earlier this year—a facility typically reserved for those on death row.The situation has reached a critical juncture. On 10 July 2023, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court adjourned Khadija’s bail hearing for an additional four months, insisting that she should bear full responsibility for the views expressed during her talk show.

In response to this grave injustice, Activists Without Borders has issued an urgent plea for international support in securing Khadija’s immediate and unconditional release. It is imperative that the global community joins hands in solidarity to advocate for justice, human rights, and the fundamental principle of free expression.

We implore all concerned individuals and organizations to raise their voices, amplify Khadija’s plight, and demand her release from unjust detention. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that Khadijatul Kubra regains her freedom and her right to express her views without fear or reprisal.

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