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Attack Survivor Rafida Ahmed Bonya Talks About the Problems with Religious Freedom in Bangladesh

Back in February, author Dr. Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed were returning home from a book fair in Dhaka (Bangladesh) where they were promoting Roy’s latest work when two assailants came after them with cleavers and “hacked them mercilessly.”Roy died shortly afterwards. Ahmed, who’s getting better, has been criticizing the government response ever since.




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Bangladesh arrests two more suspects over killing of secular blogger

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladeshi police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the killing of an online critic of religious militancy.
Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million people a sharia-based state.
Four bloggers were hacked to death in the Muslim-majority nation this year.
Earlier this month, three militants, including a British citizen, were arrested for masterminding the killings of two bloggers, Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das. In February, machete-wielding assailants killed Roy, 43, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.
Das, 33, was killed in a similar fashion when he headed to work at a bank in the northeastern district of Sylhet on May 12.
Two brothers had been arrested from Sylhet for their role in the killing of blogger Das, a senior police official said on Friday.
Last night, police said they also arrested two members of Ansarullah Bangla Team for alleged involvement in the killing of blogger Niloy Chatterjee on Aug. 7.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Toby Chopra)

Bangladesh arrests two more suspects over killing of secular blogger

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladeshi police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the killing of an online critic of religious militancy.
Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million people a sharia-based state.
Four bloggers were hacked to death in the Muslim-majority nation this year.
Earlier this month, three militants, including a British citizen, were arrested for masterminding the killings of two bloggers, Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das.
In February, machete-wielding assailants killed Roy, 43, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.
Das, 33, was killed in a similar fashion when he headed to work at a bank in the northeastern district of Sylhet on May 12.
Two brothers had been arrested from Sylhet for their role in the killing of blogger Das, a senior police official said on Friday.
Last night, police said they also arrested two members of Ansarullah Bangla Team for alleged involvement in the killing of blogger Niloy Chatterjee on Aug. 7.

The brutal fight of Bangladesh’s secular voices to be heard

Niloy Chakrabarti was only the latest atheist blogger to be hacked to death in the country this year. The government crackdown on ‘blasphemers’ has sent others into hiding. What is the future for the country’s liberal writers?

In February 2015, Avijit Roy and his wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, travelled from their home in Atlanta, Georgia, to Dhaka, the capital Bangladesh. This was their home town, and they were attending the annual Ekushey book fair, which runs all month. They had been unable to attend in 2014 because Roy had received death threats after the publication of his book The Virus of Faith, which criticised religion.

The couple were familiar with controversy. They ran a Bengali-language web forum called Mukto-Mona, or Free Minds, promoting rationalist thought, and had been threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. During their trip to Dhaka, they avoided being out late at night, varied their routines and checked in regularly with relatives. For the first 10 days, the strategy seemed to work.

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The brutal fight of Bangladesh’s secular voices to be heard

Niloy Chakrabarti was only the latest atheist blogger to be hacked to death in the country this year. The government crackdown on ‘blasphemers’ has sent others into hiding. What is the future for the country’s liberal writers?

In February 2015, Avijit Roy and his wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, travelled from their home in Atlanta, Georgia, to Dhaka, the capital Bangladesh. This was their home town, and they were attending the annual Ekushey book fair, which runs all month. They had been unable to attend in 2014 because Roy had received death threats after the publication of his book The Virus of Faith, which criticised religion.

The couple were familiar with controversy. They ran a Bengali-language web forum called Mukto-Mona, or Free Minds, promoting rationalist thought, and had been threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. During their trip to Dhaka, they avoided being out late at night, varied their routines and checked in regularly with relatives. For the first 10 days, the strategy seemed to work.

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3Novices:Three arrested for Bangladesh blogger murders

3Novices:Three arrested for Bangladesh blogger murders

Dhaka, Aug 18 (IANS) Three people have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the murders of secularist bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das, police said on Tuesday. Unidentified assailants killed writer and blogger Avijit Roy and badly injured his wife Rafida Ahmed Banna on the Dhaka University campus in February.
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Bangladesh arrests two more suspects over killing of secular blogger

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladeshi police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the killing of an online critic of religious militancy.
Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, while the government has tried to crack down on hardline Islamist groups seeking to make the South Asian nation of 160 million people a sharia-based state.
Four bloggers were hacked to death in the Muslim-majority nation this year.
Earlier this month, three militants, including a British citizen, were arrested for masterminding the killings of two bloggers, Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das. In February, machete-wielding assailants killed Roy, 43, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin and critic of religious militancy, and seriously injured his wife and fellow blogger, Rafida Bonya Ahmed.
Das, 33, was killed in a similar fashion when he headed to work at a bank in the northeastern district of Sylhet on May 12.
Two brothers had been arrested from Sylhet for their role in the killing of blogger Das, a senior police official said on Friday.
Last night, police said they also arrested two members of Ansarullah Bangla Team for alleged involvement in the killing of blogger Niloy Chatterjee on Aug. 7.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Toby Chopra)