(Washington, DC, Nov. 2, 2015)—The American Humanist Association joins the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHUE) in demanding an end to the atrocities committed against humanist and secular writers, publishers and activists in Bangladesh. The murder of Faysal Arefin Dipon, publisher of slain humanist writer Avijit Roy, as well as the attacks on Tareq Rahim, Ahmed Rashid Tutul and Ranadipam Basu, demonstrate the pressing need for Bangladeshi authorities to uphold the human right to freedom of expression. The American Humanist Association joins the IHEU in its call for justice to be brought against the religious extremists who continue to terrorize secular activists in Bangladesh.
The IHEU’s statement on the most recent attacks can be viewed here.
Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other nontheistic Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.