When all the blogger slaughter began
- These acts of butchering started in February 2013 with the death of Rajib Haidar.
- An online activist, Haider made vehement demands for the death sentence of Abdul Qader Molla, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, convicted of war crimes during the 1971-war.
- Molla had been sentenced to life-imprisonment.
- There were massive rallies in Dhaka in support of the demand which finally led to Molla's hanging in 2013.
Hit list against secular bloggers
In 2014, a group named "Defenders of Islam in Bangladesh" released a "hit list" of writers it saw as opposing Islam. 84 bloggers were listed on the list and 9 of them have already been killed.
Founder of Mukto-Mona killed by extremists
27 Feb 2015
- Avijit Roy, an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin was brutally murdered to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka.
- Roy had been receiving threats from Islamists to stop his blogs.
- Avijit Roy, was the founder of the blog site Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) which brought forward liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation.
- Hundreds of people denounced the murder of the blogger.
Yet another free thinker meets his death
30 Mar 2015
- A free thinking blogger Washiqur Rahman was attacked by two assailants with knives in a busy street in Bangladesh
- The police arrested 2 students at an Islamic seminary in relation to the murder.
- The suspects said that Mr. Rahman had been targetted for "his anti-Islamic writing".
- The death raised concerns worldwide for the freedom of speech in Bangladesh with the rise of such murders.
Bangladeshi Islamist target another rational blogger
13 May 2015
- On 13 May 2015, another secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was hacked to death with cleavers and machetes.
- Like the other bloggers killed before him, Das too had posted critical blogs online and had received threats for the same.
- Das was a champion of science which openly criticised some of the religious views; he was also the editor of science magazine 'Jutki' (Reason).
Government under fire over murders
7 Aug 2015
- The government of Bangladesh is being condemned by a number of human rights groups.
- David Griffiths, South Asia Research Director at Amnesty International said that these murders were unacceptable and that such incidents have an adverse effect on free speech.
- The Committee to Protect Journalists also urged PM Sheikh Hasina's government to take action to end this bout of violence.
4th secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
8 Aug 2015
- Niloy Chakrabarty Neel, a 40 year Bangladeshi blogger was killed at his flat by 5 Islamist militants belonging to the Bangladeshi branch of Al-Qaeda.
- This is the fourth such death of a secular blogger in Bangladesh.
- Neel was an activist of the Ganajagaran Mancha, which demanded capital punishment for war criminals who carried out attrocities in the 1971 war.
Radicals kill another publisher, injure 3 others
31 Oct 2015
- In a fresh surge of violence, a secular books publisher Deepan of the Jagriti Prokashoni was hacked to death.
- Three other people Ahmed Rahim Tutul, Ranadeep Basu and Tareque Rahim too were attacked by Muslim radicals
- These attacks were carried out on those who had dared to publish works of Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi-American blogger who was killed in February 2015.
UN urges Bangladesh to provide security to free-thinkers
2 Nov 2015
- Taking into consideration the death of bloggers, publishers and freethinkers the United Nations requested the Bangladeshi government to give security to them.
- Robert Watkins, the UN Resident Coordinator denounced Mr. Dipan's murder and attack on others.
- He said that the attacks were "aimed to intimidate and restrict" the right to free speech.
- Booksellers in Bangladesh closed their shops in protest against the attacks.
Death for killers of Bangladeshi blogger Ahmed Rajib
31 Dec 2015
- Two people were sentenced to death for the murder of the Bangladeshi atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in 2013.
- Six others were convicted of involvement in the murder
- A five-year sentence was given to the head of Ansarullah Bangla, the group suspected of carrying out the attack.
- Haider was the first in a string of secular writers who have been murdered in Bangladesh.
Law student critical of radicalism hacked to death in Bangladesh
7 Apr 2016
- Nazimuddin Samad, a masters student of Jagannath University's law department was killed by machete-wielding militants.
- Like the previous secular victims hacked to death in Bangladesh, Samad too was critical of radical Islamists and used to campaign for secularism on Facebook.
- He was stabbed and then fired at by men shouting Allah Akhbar.
- Samad's companion has been missing since the incident took place.
Another free thinking professor hacked to death in Bangladesh
23 Apr 2016
- A university professor from Bangladesh's Rajshahi city was killed by 2 unidentified persons.
- The killing bore a stark resemblance to the previous murders by Islamist militants of atheist and secular activists in Bangladesh.
- Rezaul Karim Siddique, an English professor was hacked with machetes while walking to his home from the bus station.
- He is the 4th professor from Rajshahi to have met this fate.
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