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9 January 2008

Media Advisory: Amnesty International launches new Bangla website at freedom of expression event in Dhaka

Amnesty International is launching its new Bangla website www.amnesty.org/bangla today, enabling Bangla speakers to join Amnesty International’s global community of 2.2 million activists in over 100 countries.

The launch of this new website coincides with Amnesty International’s high level mission to Bangladesh led by the Secretary General, Irene Khan, during which the delegates met with journalists, bloggers and activists to discuss the state of freedom of expression in the country.

Amnesty International is calling on the Caretaker Government to lift restrictions on freedom of expression imposed under emergency regulations.

 “Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that must be respected and is essential if democracy in Bangladesh is to be resilient and enduring,” said Irene Khan.

“Amnesty International’s Bangla website is aimed at encouraging Bangladesh’s vibrant civil society to join the international network of all those who believe that human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere.”

Through a new website dedicated to Bangla speakers Amnesty International is seeking to engage online support to a global community of activists concerned about rights in Bangladesh and beyond. Anyone with an interest in learning about and working to improve people’s lives through campaigning and international solidarity will be able to join Amnesty International through www.amnesty.org/bangla.

Those interested in becoming Bangla International Members will be able to sign up on the new website and take part in the ‘Close Guantanamo’ action due to be released on the website on 11 January – the anniversary of the transfer of the first prisoners.   

“Whether in a high-profile conflict or a forgotten corner of the globe, Amnesty International campaigns for justice and freedom for all. Our activists mobilize public pressure through many means, including the net” said Irene Khan.

“The new site aims to harness the power of technology in the 21st century to change the world. Human rights have gone global by going local and we hope Bangla speakers will use their online activism to make a difference on critical human rights issues around the world.”

AI Index: PRE01/007/2008
Region Asia And The Pacific
Country Bangladesh
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