20th January Seminar on ongoing Murder of secular Blogger/writers and LGBT+ Activists
We would like to invite you all to our 20th January Seminar on ongoing Murder of secular Blogger/writers and LGBT+ Activists.
In these past few years, Bangladesh has witnessed the rise and the consequent domination of religious fundamentalism on her soil. the backlash of which is what we see with the shocking serial killing session and torture on Bangladeshi Bloggers/Writers/LGBT Rights Activists due to any lack of proper steps taken towards subsiding this radicalism.
Not only has the government has failed to provide any sort of concrete justice for the murdered bloggers, the Prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself along with the IG of Dhaka Metro Police respectively, have both warned bloggers to be more “conservative” in their writings, which goes to show you how much “freedom of speech” is actually valued in Bangladesh.
Bloggers, writers, LGBT Rights Activists and especially atheists find themselves in a situation where their own government has washed their hands off of them, torn between the dilemma of an Islam-centric country and preserving their own political interests.
There have been related incidents at Bangladesh in recent times, which have seen bloggers purge at the hands of Islamic extremists, a list which includes Dr. Avijit Roy, Washiqur Babu, Faysal Arefin Dipon, Xulhaz Mannan, Mahbub Tonoy, Ananta Bijoy Das, Shahzahan Bachchu and others.
A group of extremists based in Bangladesh who at times call themselves the ‘Ansarullah Bangla Team’ and sometimes as Ansar Al Islam”, consequently claimed full responsibility for the murders. More worryingly though South Asian based Al-Qaeda have also admitted their involvement in the incidents, via a press release.
Based on the situation described above, we have arranged a seminar on this very issue to discuss the situation of Bangladesh and as to what we can do in the future to protect the rights of freethinker of Bangladesh.
Please confirm your availability through the email address provided in the poster (firstname.lastname@example.org) and raise your voice to protect freedom of speech in Bangladesh