Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, a platform of 19 NGOs, yesterday reiterated that some provisions in ICT (amendment) act were a threat to the existing human rights related laws and policies, particularly to the freedom of the press and citizens’ right to express opinion.
In a written statement signed by Sultana Kamal, the forum’s convener and a rights activist, the forum urged the government to make necessary amendments to the act through comprehensive discussions.
Referring to sections 54, 55, 57 and 61 under the act, the forum observed that there was a strong possibility of the misuse of these provisions for political and other motives.
There is no specific direction of which actions will be brought into cognisance using section 57 which includes some actions namely false, obscene, derogatory, instigating, tarnishing the state’s image or hurting religious sentiment. (more…)