Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, Bangladesh’s most renowned Quranic scholar, has been sentenced to death by an illegitimate and corrupt Bangladesh Tribunal. The Judges who delivered the verdict had not heard all the evidence and witness testimonies. It is apparent that the verdict was pre-ordained.  Extremists are using abusive language about the Prophet and the Quran to humiliate Muslims. More than 250,000 cases have been booked against Islamic scholars and activists while 30,000 of them are already in detentions. The editor of the newspaper the Daily Amar Desh is detained as well, since he exposed the government’s corruption. Bangladesh is at serious risk of a civil war, and we must act now to stop the loss of human lives. Hundreds of people have already been killed or injured while demanding due process. Police and plainclothes officers are indiscriminately firing at  the protestors.  We need to act now to move Bangladesh forward. This is not the legacy that the Tribunal and the judiciary should create!

Action Items
Call and write to the State Department: 202-647-6575
• Call Secretary of State Kerry today: 202-647-6575.
• Call the Bangladesh Desk at the State Department: 202-647-9516 & 202-647-1450
• Also email the Secretary of State through this page. In the subject, write “Save Opposition in Bangladesh”: http:// and ask the Secretary of State to ask Bangladesh to stop its institution of the death penalty and 
ensure fairness in the Tribunal process.
• Write to the BBC at and ask them to cover the story 
from both sides and explore all issues, including fairness and judicial process in Bangladesh.
Economist Judgment About the Kangroo Court
After examining 17 hours of evidence on the Bangladesh Tribunal, the prestigious Economist magazine concluded:
“These concerns are so serious that there is a risk not only of a miscarriage of justice affecting the individual defendants, 
but also that the wrongs which Bangladesh has already suffered will be aggravated by the flawed process of the tribunal. 
That would not heal the country’s wounds, but deepen them.” 
The Economist noted the following:
• Evidence suggests that the government pressured the judges.
• Evidence suggests that the guilty verdict was reached by the judge before even defense witnesses were done.
• It is not an international court since it is not founded on international law. 
See the full Economist magazine report here:
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