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When all the blogger slaughter began

Feb 2013
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

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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
Founder of Mukto-Mona killed by extremists
  • 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
Yet another free thinker meets his death
  • 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
Bangladeshi Islamist target another rational blogger
  • 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
Government under fire over murders
  • 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
4th secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh
  • 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
Radicals kill another publisher, injure 3 others
  • 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
UN urges Bangladesh to provide security to free-thinkers
  • 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
Death for killers of Bangladeshi blogger Ahmed Rajib
  • 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
Law student critical of radicalism hacked to death in Bangladesh
  • 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
Another free thinking professor hacked to death in Bangladesh
  • 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.