Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia unequivocally condemns the murder of Avijit Roy on February 26, 2015 on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Dr. Avijit Roy was a naturalized American citizen of Bangladeshi
origin. An engineer by profession, he wrote on themes related to science,
philosophy, religion and society. More than a decade ago he founded a popular
internet forum Mukto-Mona (Open
Mind) that has been a strong voice against religious intolerance.
In accordance with the threat, Avijit Roy was killed ten days after his arrival in February 2015, on a public street with knives and machetes in full view of onlookers. His wife Rafida Ahmed Banna was also attacked. Currently, she is in critical condition in a Dhaka hospital.
The murder of Abhijit follows the same pattern as in the earlier killings of blogger Rajib Haider (February, 2013), Prof. Shafiul Islam of Rajshahi University (November, 2014), Prof. Yunus (also of Rajshahi University) (December, 2004), and the attack on Prof. Humayun Azad of Dhaka University (February, 2004).
The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia is alarmed by the killing of free thinking intellectuals, clearly aimed at stifling secular and creative thinking, and call upon all to condemn these crimes. We implore citizens of Bangladesh, organizations and political parties, in power or in opposition, to work together and fight against extreme religious orthodoxy that has resulted in the heinous killing of Dr. Avijit Roy.