SAHMAT Statement on Taslima Nasreen on (13 February 2008)

It is a matter of great anxiety that the exiled Bengali writer Taslima Nasreen is still being kept in an undisclosed place by the Government of India. It is learnt that she is not allowed any visitors and cannot move freely. Her visa expires on the 18th of February, after which she is liable to be deported. While we may or may not agree with the views or the work of Taslima Nasreen, we believe that her right to freedom of speech and expression is inviolable. We demand that her visa be extended with immediate effect and she be provide a congenial atmosphere to live and work.