Bangladeshi Government Bans Group That Killed Atheist Bloggers, but It’s Not Enough


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This is the first real sign of justice we’ve seen in Bangladesh following the brutal killings of atheist writers Dr. Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, and Ananta Bijoy Das.


By Hemant Mehta|Friendly Atheist

The government is banning the extremist group allegedly responsible for these killings:

The Home Ministry’s move to outlaw the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) comes almost a week after police asked the government to ban the group, suspecting it of being behind the deaths of three bloggers this year.

Police had also earlier charged ABT members with the 2013 murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider.

“The (junior home minister) today signed a government order, outlawing the militant organisation Ansarullah Bangla Team,” Sharif Mahmud, a ministry spokesman, told AFP.

That may not be enough to protect the lives of other critics of religion. It’s not like Islamic extremists are neatly quarantined in a single group, after all. The ideology is poisonous, pervasive, and spreading.

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