29 apr. 2013

Humanisterna stödjer bloggare i Bangladesh

Aftonbladet skriver om och har intervjuat den bangladeshiske bloggaren Ahmed Nadir.
Fyra av hans vänner är fängslade, en har blivit mördad, själv anfölls han av knivbeväpnade män. Nu gömmer sig bloggaren Ahmed Nadir i Sverige från våldsamma islamister i hemlandet.– Jag kommer att bli dödad om jag åker hem, säger han till Aftonbladet.
Nadir har fått stöd av Humanisterna för att få stanna i Sverige.
– Vi kräver att han får asyl och att Sveriges regering markerar att man värnar religions- och yttrandefriheten, säger Bengt Westerberg, styrelseledamot i Humanisterna.
Humanisterna har också författat ett öppet brev till Bangladesh ambassad:

Open letter to Embassy of Bangladesh

In January, 29 year old blogger Asif Mohiuddin was stabbed. In February, 35 year old atheist blogger involved in the Shahbag protests, Ahmed Rajib, was brutally killed. Islamists continue to threaten prominent bloggers and have called for the “execution of 84 atheist bloggers for insulting religion”.

Bangladesh is a non-religious parliamentary democracy that protects the right to free expression in its constitution. Hence, if a person claims to be an atheist, he or she has the same rights as other citizens. Rather than defend freedom of expression and protect freethinkers, the Bangladeshi government has arrested several bloggers, promised to pursue others, and shut down websites and blogs.

Freedom of expression, including to criticize religions, is a basic human right. Furthermore, Freedom of religion is not only the principle that supports the freedom of an individual to manifest religion but also the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion.

We, the undersigned, condemn the attacks on and threats against atheist, secularist and freethinking bloggers and call on the Bangladeshi government to guarantee their safety, respect free expression and prosecute Islamists who threaten, attack and harm critics.

/ Swedish Humanist Association

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