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Law Minister Threatens Action Against ICT Critics

17 February 2012 by Ben Joyes

The Bangladesh Law Minister in a desperate attempt to prevent criticism of his International Crimes Tribunal, is trying to silence national and international criticism by threatening legal action against those brave enough to try and seek fair trials.

The right to free speech is guaranteed under Article 39 of the Bangladeshi Constitution.

39. (1) Freedom of thought and conscience is guaranteed.

(2) Subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interests of the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation or incitement to an offence–

(a) the right of every citizen to freedom of speech and expression; and

(b) freedom of the press,

are guaranteed.

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