Statement

Concern for Soheil Arabi, imprisoned for blasphemy in Iran

We express our concern and support of Soheil Arabi, an Iranian atheist, activist, and blogger who has been in prison for blasphemy charges since 2013. Arabi was arrested in December 2013 and sentenced to death for blasphemy by insulting the prophet, Khamenei, and other Iranian officials in a Facebook post. In 2015, after an appeal, his sentence …

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Harassment and Arrest of Bauls in Bangladesh Threatens Tradition

We are deeply disturbed about recent attacks against the Sufi and Baul community in Bangladesh. Not only do these attacks violate freedom of speech, they also violate freedom of religion. Bauls and Sufis in Bangladesh represent diverse communities, with many Bauls rooted in Islamic traditions of Sufism — the mystical branch of Islam that spread …

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Concerning India’s discriminatory Citizenship Act

Shuddhashar is observing with deep concern the events in India, where the Central Government of India recently passed the new Citizenship Act Bill (NRC & CAB), and India, known as the largest democratic state in the world, has adopted a policy of discriminating among people of different cultural, religious, and non-religious backgrounds. This policy will …

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Shuddhashar urges to free Shahidul, drop charges against him

Shuddhashar stands with the international community to demand the immediate release of Shahidul Alam and to drop all the cases against him. Shahidul, a Bangladeshi photojournalist with international recognition, was seized from his home by plainclothesmen on August 5. He was blindfolded and dragged into a van. This occurred only a few hours after Shahidul’s …

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Shuddhashar’s concern about the threat on Sultana Kamal

Shuddhashar notes with increasing concern that prominent human rights lawyer and internationally renowned human rights activist Sultana Kamal has been targeted with abuse and death threats by the leadership of Hefazat-e-Islami. We note with equal concern that the Government of Bangladesh has not taken any steps to hold Hefazat-e-Islami to account for such heinous actions. In …

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