...And eventually, the critical geographer, thinking to which e-mail to
reply first - "geographers and air travel", or "bangladeshi academics
seek release" - stood up to make a coffee, wondering how much CO2 might
be released under torture in a prison...
...And thought about a session in the next conference about whom and
from where (can afford to) talk and act on climate change.
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>From: A forum for critical and radical geographers
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Camila Bassi
>Sent: 05 September 2007 12:39
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>Subject: Bangladeshi academics seek release
>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
>Ms Theba Islam
>02 Sept 2007
>CALL TO RELEASE BANGLADESHI UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS
>FACTS OF THE CASE:
>On August 24, 2007 at 12.15am, Dr. M. Anwar Hossain and
>Harun-ur-Rashid both University Professors at Dhaka University
>were arrested in separate raids on their homes and taken away
>by the Military Intelligence of the Bangladesh Army.
>Their arrests follow severe agitation between students of
>Dhaka University and the Bangladesh Army and police. Amnesty
>International and Human Rights Watch are currently
>investigating the case as the Professors have been detained
>solely because of their peaceful political beliefs in
>returning to a democratic process.
>In today's Court appearance, the Professors were charged with
>"giving provocative statements and instigating the recent
>violent protests on Dhaka University campus" Both have
>constantly rejected these allegations.
>Dr. M. Anwar Hossain made the following press statement whilst
>Please note it is unclear whether this was made under duress:
>"We know that the members of the armed forces have self
>respect...however we must not forget that the common citizens
>of our country and the students of Dhaka University also have
>self respect. I hope the Armed forces will remember this and
>learn from this incident so that they do not make such a
>mistake in the future..."
>Despite their statements of innocence in remand, the
>Magistrate ruled today that the interrogators would question
>the teachers for four more days on a new set of charges
>involving the breach of emergency powers rules.
>Dr. M. Anwar Hossain's family are particularly concerned as
>his recent court appearance showed evidence of torture and ill
>treatment. Dr. M.
>Anwar Hossain stated in Court today that "People were
>physically tortured in front of us to torment us mentally. We
>were devastated." This was described as a brutal tactic used
>in military interrogation. Dr. M. Anwar Hossain, is 58 years
>old, has a health condition which require regular treatment.
>It is unclear if he currently has access to medical care and
>his medication in detention.
>Dr. M. Anwar Hossain is a Professor of the Department of
>Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Dhaka University. He
>is also the Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the
>Dhaka University. He is the General Secretary of the Dhaka
>University Teachers Association.
>Here is a resume of his career as a distinguished academic in
>his field - http://www.bmbudhaka.net/fac/mah.htm
>RELEVANT HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS
>Universal Declaration of Human Rights
>* Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and
>expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions
>without interference and to seek, receive and impart
>information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
>Please send faxes, letters, or emails:
>* Expressing your extreme concern about reports of the
>these Academics in Bangladesh who appear to have been detained
>solely for exercising their human right to freedom of
>1. Prof. Anwar Hussain, Chairman, Dept. of Biochemistry &
>Molecular Biology and General Secretary, Dhaka University
>Teachers Association (DUTA).
>2. Prof. Harun-or-Rashid, Dean, Dept. of Social Science, Dhaka
>University 3. Prof Saidur Rahman, Former Vice-Chancellor of
>Rajshahi University 4. Prof. Abdus Sobhan, Convenor of
>Rajshahi University Progressive Teachers Society 5. Prof.
>Moloy Kumar Bhowmik, Dept. of Management, Rajshahi University
>* Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all
>* Requesting that the authorities ensure that all
>detainees are not
>subject to torture or ill-treatment and are granted access to
>their families and lawyers.
>APPEAL AND INQUIRY MESSAGES CAN BE SENT TO:
>Local and International Media
>Your MP, Councillor, Parliamentary Representative Foreign
>Office Contacts International Human Rights Organisations
>Institutes and Faculties of Biochemistry Amnesty International
>Civil Society Organisation Victims of Torture Groups Science
>and Human Rights Programmers Any relevant groups you think can
>help in the release of the Professors
>RECENT MEDIA REPORTS:
>* BBC - "Bangladesh moves to quell unrest" - 24 August 2007
>* The Guardian - "Bangladesh relaxes curfew after arresting
>Academics" - 24 August 2007
>* Al-Jazeera News - "Bangladesh arrests Academics" - 24
>* Human Rights Watch - "Bangladesh: Abuses Grow in Crackdown on
>Protests, Students Angry After Eight Months of Emergency Rule"
>- 25 August
>* BBC - "Photo the Bangladesh army cannot stand" - 28 August 2007
>Latest news -
>Mr. Sanjeeb Hossain, son of Dr. Anwar Hossain Dhaka
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Mobile: 01552385105 / 01197127226
>Mr. Abu Ahasan, nephew of Dr. Anwar Hossain London
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Ms. Theba Islam, niece of Dr. Anwar Hossain London
>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Mobile: 07951 737634