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Friday, December 8, 2006

Irwin Cotler - Statement in the House of Commons - December 7, 2006 - FOREIGN AFFAIRS - SALAH UDDIN SHOAIB CHOUDHURY

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House of Commons (Parliament of Canada) - December 7, 2006

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS - SALAH UDDIN SHOAIB CHOUDHURY

Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a Muslim Bangladesh
journalist and editor of a daily Bangladesh publication, is standing trial
on charges of treason, sedition and blasphemy for promoting Muslim,
Christian and Jewish dialogue, peace with Israel and seeking to attend a
conference in Israel for the promotion of peace.

Mr. Choudhury has also been personally beaten, his life threatened and
his office vandalized while none of the perpetrators have been brought to
justice and a former Bangladesh home minister has indicated that there is no
basis for the charges.

As counsel for Mr. Choudhury and as one who, while as minister of
justice, was engaged in a joint Canada-Bangladesh rule of law project, I
call upon the Bangladesh authorities to respect the rule of law, to review
and, as appears just and appropriate, to drop the charges while working to
apprehend those who have violated Mr. Choudhury's rights.

L'hon. Irwin Cotler (Mont-Royal, Lib.):
Monsieur le Président, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, un musulman,
journaliste et rédacteur en chef d'un quotidien au Bangladesh, est accusé de
trahison, de sédition et de blasphème pour avoir fait la promotion d'un
rapprochement entre les musulmans, les chrétiens et les juifs, pour avoir
prôné la paix avec Israël, et pour avoir tenté d'assister, en Israël, à une
conférence sur la paix.

M. Choudhury a également été battu, sa vie a été menacée et son bureau a
été vandalisé sans qu'aucun des auteurs de ces actes ne soit traduit en
justice. De plus, un ancien ministre de l'Intérieur du Bangladesh a déclaré
qu'il n'y avait aucun motif d'accusation.

Étant avocat de M. Choudhury et, lorsque j'étais ministre de la Justice,
ayant participé à un projet canado-bangladais sur la primauté du droit,
j'exhorte les autorités bangladaises à reconnaître la primauté du droit, à
réexaminer et, ce qui semble juste et indiqué en l'occurrence, à retirer les
accusations pesant contre M. Choudhury, tout en tentant d'appréhender ceux
qui ont porté atteinte à ses droits.


Howard Liebman
Executive Assistant to the Hon. Irwin Cotler, MP
Office of / Bureau de
Hon. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C. / C.P., O.C.
M.P. for Mount Royal / Député de Mont-Royal


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