Adilur Rahman Khan
Adilur Rahman Khan

Tan Sri Razali Bin Ismail,
Chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM),
Fax: +60 3 2612 5620,

Dear Tan Sri Razali Bin Ismail,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist.

I am writing to voice my deep concern about the arbitrary arrest of human rights defender Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the human rights non-governmental organisation Odhikar, in Bangladesh, also a member of OMCT General Assembly and FIDH Vice-President in in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the information received, on July 20, 2017, at about 4.00 am, Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan was detained by immigration officers upon his arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. No reason was given for his detention.

Mr. Rahman Khan was travelling to Malaysia to attend the National Conference on Death Penalty organised by the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) from July 21 to 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
I strongly condemn Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan’s arbitrary arrest, and calls upon the Malaysian authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally, as well as to guarantee in all circumstances his physical and psychological integrity.

I urge the authorities in Malaysia:
1. Guarantee, in all circumstances, the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, as well as of all human rights defenders in Malaysia;

  1. Release Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan immediately and unconditionally as his detention is arbitrary since it only aims at sanctioning his human rights activities;
  2. Put an end to any kind of harassment – including at the judicial level – against Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan as well as all human rights defenders in Malaysia;
  3. Ensure in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Malaysia are able to carry out their legitimate activities without any hindrance and fear of reprisals;
  4. Conform with the provisions of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 9, 1998, especially its Articles 1 and 12.2;

  5. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments ratified by Malaysia.

Yours sincerely,
William Nicholas Gomes

Human Rights Defender & Freelance Journalist

Twitter @wnicholasgomes