Commonwealth Club of California [CCC] has invited award winning Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury to visit California for giving a lecture on the topic of his activities.
It may be mentioned here that Choudhury is the only Muslim journalist facing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges for confronting culture of jihad and religious hatred as well as promoting interfaith understanding and establishment of relations between Israel and the Muslim nations. Shoaib Choudhury was arrested in 2003 [November 29] on his way to Tel Aviv for attending a writer's conference. He was detained for 17 month and tortured in prison. Sedition bears capital punishment according to Bangladesh law. International human rights activist Dr. Richard L. Benkin and Professor Irwin Cotler MP are working tirelessly for protecting rights of Mr. Choudhury.
US Congress has passed a resolution [HR 64] demanding immediate dropping of the false charge, which was brought against him by the former BNP-Jamaat Coalitions government. United States Congress has extended bipartisan support to Mr. Choudhury.
It is learnt that last year CCC invited Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus as the speaker. Earlier eminent world figures including US President George Bush, Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and many other top global leaders attended programs organized by this century old orgaization.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the first Muslim journalist from Asia, who has been invited by the Commonwealth Club of California.