NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish
Committee applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for calling today on
the Bangladesh government to drop all charges against Salah Uddin Shoaib
"The House has sent a crucial message in calling on the Bangladesh
Government to drop the sedition case against Mr. Choudhury, investigate and
hold accountable those who have physically attacked him, and take steps to
protect him," said Richard Foltin, AJC's legislative director and counsel.
"We commend Representatives Mark Kirk and Nita Lowey for their efforts on
behalf of Mr. Choudhury."
The House resolution, drafted by Reps. Kirk and Lowey, was
overwhelmingly adopted. It is the latest initiative in an international
campaign, led in part by AJC, to secure freedom for the Bangladeshi
Before the vote, Reps. Kirk and Lowey referred to AJC's Moral Courage
Award, presented to Choudhury in recognition of his deep conviction in
interfaith dialogue and his dedication to moderation in the Muslim world.
While Bangladesh authorities prevented him from traveling to Washington
last year to receive the award at AJC's Annual Meeting, with the help of
the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh it was recently delivered to Choudhury.
As a result of his writings concerning the rise of radicalism in
Bangladesh and his belief in interfaith dialogue, Choudhury, editor of the
Weekly Blitz, the largest tabloid English-language weekly in Bangladesh,
was arrested and imprisoned when he attempted to travel to Israel in 2003,
to attend a conference on coexistence. His newspaper offices have been
bombed and he has been targeted with death threats.
"It is our hope that Bangladesh will take a stand against the rise of
radicalism -- and the radical abuse of legal mechanisms -- which has harmed
the stability of Bangladesh and threatens its international relations,
particularly with the United States," AJC President E. Robert Goodkind and
Executive Director David A. Harris wrote in a letter to the new Bangladesh
government in January.
SOURCE American Jewish Committee