Fourth Bangladeshi humanist blogger, Niloy Neel, hacked to death by Islamist extremists

Murdered in his own home: blogger Niloy Neel

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called on the UK Government to speak out on the growing crisis in Bangladesh, following the murder of a fourth humanist blogger in the space of a few months.

British Humanist Association

Niloy Chowdhury Neel was killed in his home at midday on Friday 7 August. He was beheaded and his hands were severed. A well-known blogger, Niloy was heavily involved in the secularist movement as an organizer for the Science and Rationalist Association Bangladesh, and also wrote for the popular Mukto-Mona (‘Freethinker’) humanist blogging platform. He worked for an NGO and recently completed his Master’s degree in Philosophy.

His death is the fourth in a wave of killings to affect Bangladesh after the prominent humanist writer Avijit Roy was murdered in February, followed by the killings of bloggers Washiqur Rahman and Ananta Bijoy Das in March and May respectively.

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