arrested [blasphemous] bloggers' writings

Keynote at 2017 Secular Conference 2017 - Freedom of Expression and Conscience

The notion of freedom changes with time and space. At this moment, our species is standing at a crossroad of history, where individual liberty, freedom of expression, conscience, and belief have become a very important part of our existence. We are demanding equal rights regardless of sex, gender, class, race - you name it. We, the secular community, are demanding freedom for all, which is the greatest demand of our time.

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keynote address at Reason Rally 2016 in Washington D.C

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Tales of a few fighters from dark tiny little room

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Bangladeshi blogger Russel Parvez, Subrata Shuvo and Mosiur Rahman Biplab had been arrested for allegedly hurting religious sentiment on 1st April 2013.[/caption]

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Epigraph for the Freedom of Thought Report

Rafida Ahmed writes in the preface to the 2015 edition, "once a country silences and intimidates its intellectuals and freethinkers, a vicious cycle of terror and extremism becomes inevitable". We must not let that happen. Freedom of Thought Report: 2015

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Remarks for Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing on Human Rights in Bangladesh

Announcement of the briefing from Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission website

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A different kind of Halloween In Bangladesh - Brutal killings of free-thinkers

Halloween or Hallowe'en, a contraction of all Hallows' Evening, is a celebration brought to the USA by the Irish and Scottish immigrants in 19th century. In the late 20th century this celebration of Halloween was also observed in other western countries. Now, in the present time Halloween is celebrated in almost all the western countries namely, USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, and many other countries. Other than the countries mentioned earlier it is observed being celebrated in countries like Japan in Asia, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. According to the popular belief among the people of Irish, British Welsh community, the pagan god of death Samhain (SAH-win) calls upon all the souls/ spirits of the dead people. According to the belief, in that night all the man made laws are no longer active and the dead spirits are allowed to join the world of alive world. They also believed that, all the dead spirits lived in a land in the form of immortal youngs, and were called "Tir nan Oge". Some believed that the dead ones lived with angels.

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Rafida Ahmed Bonya on the UN panel "Ending Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

The panel was organized on the 2nd International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, and just 2 days after the attacks on Avijit's publishers Faisal Arefin Dipon and Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, the attack that killed Dipon. https://www.unesco.org/new/en/EndImpunity

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I don't want justice either

via Daily Star online

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An Appeal from Muktomona to Keep Secular Bangladesh Safe from Religious Fundamentalism

Four Writers Killed in Six Months

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Al Jazeera The stream - The dangers of blogging in Bangladesh

From "The Stream" website.

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