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Government of Bangladesh arrested four atheist bloggers. They are accused of defaming Muslim religion and hurting the sentiments of religious people. Some of the links of the news posts are given below:

1. www.dailystar.com.lb

2. www.globalpost.com

3. www.tazakhobor.com

4. www.tribune.com.pk

5. www.rappler.com

6. www.ibnlive.in.com

7. 3 Atheist Bloggers arrested from Dhaka

8. www.zeenews.india.com

9. Three Bangladeshi bloggers arrested due to insulting Islam & Prophet

10.  Arrests of "atheist bloggers" shows Bangladesh authorities are "walking into a trap set by fundamentalists" 

11. Bloggers in Bangladesh protest over arrest of writers

12. Bangladesh Arrests 'Atheist Bloggers,' Cracking Down On Critics

13. Bloggers arrested unlawfully in Bangladesh 

14. Appeasing the Islamists – a Distressing Sign for Bangladesh

 

We urge Government of Bangladesh to work towards building a secular nation and show respect for freedom of expression. In this connection we request Government of Bangladesh to release the arrested bloggers and show courage to respect people's rational views.

Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Letter to
Prime Minister's Office, Old Sangsad Bhaban, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh Prime Minister, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Subject: Release the four bloggers arrested on April 1 and 2, 2013

Dear Madam,

We, the people from different nations, have been closely watching the recent happenings in Bangladesh. We have seen how people assembled to express their frustration towards the government and expressed their desire to establish a secular country. Shahbag movement restored the hope in the county's youth about their capability and potential towards a progressive change.

We are also aware of the repercussions of Shahbag movement. In this context, arresting the four bloggers disappointed our aspirations and expectations from your government (Source: www.globalpost.com ; www.dailystar.com.lb).

We, the signatories of this letter, believe that freedom of expression is of paramount importance for any democratic society. We also believe that religious fundamentalism is a kind of curse to our civilisation. We strongly believe that religious fundamentalism should be separated from the State ideology. State should run only on secular principles.

Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

We urge you to uphold the right to free expression for every citizen of Bangladesh, and allow secular ideas to flourish. We request Government of Bangladesh, lead by you, to release the four arrested bloggers and restore the faith in your governance.

We request you to set example before humanity that you care about people's democratic values.