Nagorik Samaj, a platform of civil society members, has expressed deep concern over a Rajuk mobile court drive on November 14 that fined and ordered Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) to leave its Lalmatia office within two months for operating in a residential area.
“Such penalisation of a rights body like ASK will hamper the development of freedom of speech and human rights... In this case, the punishment seems to be intentional and harassing, which is a matter of serious concern,” the platform said in a press statement yesterday. Condemning the incident, the civil society members further said that such behaviour by the mobile court will restrict the independent activities of different citizens’ platforms.
The platform alleged that the ASK authorities were threatened with arrest by the mobile court, although they presented all the essential documents and stated that ASK is not a commercial organisation.
The platform members who signed the press statement include Hameeda Hossain, Sultana Kamal, Khushi Kabir, Iftekharuzzaman, Sara Hossain, Zakir Hossain, Shamsul Huda, Shaheen Anam, Ranjan Karmakar and Sanjeeb Drong.