Decision on DSA 'in a few days': minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq has ruled out the possibility of the government amending the Digital Security Act now.
He says the government is rather trying to stop the abuse of the law.

The minister made the comments amid protests for the repeal of the Act following the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail after his arrest in a case started under the law.

Huq faced journalists on Friday at his home in Barhmanbaria’s Kosba where he travelled to attend an event.

“We are still not thinking about amending the law. What we are doing is trying to stop its abuse,” he said when asked about the government’s plan on the Digital Security Act.

Earlier, he said he had begun discussing ways to stop the manipulation of the law with the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights before the death of Mushtaq.

They will sit again next Thursday to compare the law with the best digital security practices around the world, the minister said.

“We will take whatever steps are required to stop the misuse and abuse of the law,” he added.

Besides the civil society in Bangladesh, international human rights organisations have also raised objections against the Digital Security Act.