Statement

Ananta Bijoy’s Murderers Are Found Guilty, and Shuddhashar Pledges to Keep His Dreams Alive

Between 2013 and 2016, numerous secular writers, religious minorities, and activists in Bangladesh were hacked to death by radical Islamists. This was a deliberate and coordinated onslaught on freethinking and free speech in Bangladesh. That particularly gruesome violent stage seems to have quietened, but the chilling effects persist through censorship and fear and an oppressive …

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Stop Putin! Stop War!

Shuddhashar stands in solidarity with the Ukrainians as we watch with horror the Russian invasion of their country. With this destructive and entirely unprovoked assault, Russia is aggressively seeking to destroy Ukrainian’s democratically elected government and the people’s own rights to independence and human dignity. Further, such flagrant violation of the territorial integrity of a …

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Set Assange Free but Also Hold Him Accountable

Barring a miracle, Julian Assange will soon be extradited to the United States and face espionage charges. Forsaken by his native country Australia, stripped of citizenship by his adopted country Ecuador, Assange finds himself a persona non grata in hostile territory — Great Britain. To a motley group of die-hard supporters that includes, inter alia, …

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Foster Interfaith Solidarity to Defeat the Scourge of Communal Violence

Shuddhashar expresses its deep concerns about reports that Hindu temples, establishments, and Puja venues are subjected to vandalism in Bangladesh during the ongoing Durga Puja festival. Local news media reports that as many as four people were killed and hundreds were injured in the clashes between the rioters and the police. The situation remains volatile …

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Shuddhshar demands the immediate release of Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishor

Shuddhashar reiterates its deep concern at the prolonged incarceration of Bangladeshi Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishor, known for his political cartoons, who has been denied bail so far. Kishor was arrested from his home under the Digital Security Act — a draconian law the government regularly exploits to muzzle dissent in Bangladesh. It is noteworthy that, …

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Stop politicising Samuel Paty’s death; uphold the principles he championed

The beheading of the Parisian school teacher Samuel Paty and subsequent stabbing to death of three churchgoers last month are stark reminders that freedom of speech is still very much at peril. From Turkey to Bangladesh, reactionary elements in the Muslim world have seized upon the opportunity to make the most out of the Muhammad …

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Mubarak Bala is incarcerated for a victimless crime. Set him free!

Shuddhashar is deeply alarmed by the arrest of Mubarak Bala, a well-known humanist, who serves as the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria. Persecution of the non-religious is nothing new; its history can be traced to the age of antiquity when belief in a creator of the world buttressed the legitimacy of the state. …

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Clamping down on dissidents will not stem the tide of coronavirus deaths

The Covid-19 pandemic, currently sweeping across the globe and claiming thousands of lives every day, has laid bare the remarkable ineptitude of authoritarian leaders worldwide in resolving the humanitarian crisis that it has engendered. Demagogues today spend more time in flouting social distancing regulations and in clamping down on their critics than in stemming the …

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It can’t be the job of any civilized government to suppress freedom of expression

Freedom of expression has never really existed in Bangladesh. Governments as well as religiously, politically, and economically powerful forces have always attacked any opinions and criticisms that conflict with their views and interests. In recent years, a self-destructive attempt to destroy all democratic values and culture has been made by the Bangladesh government. Looting is …

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