Writers at Risk Database

Rezaul Karim Siddique

On April 23, 2016, Siddique was murdered by Islamic militants. While his death by machete was similar to other secular bloggers, Siddique was not publicly critical of Islam and… More

Writers at Risk Database

Shahzahan Bachchu

On June 11, 2018, extremists murdered secular writer Bachchu in a drive-by shooting. Three of the four suspects were later killed in police shootouts, but the legal case is… More

Ananta Bijoy Dash

Secular writer Dash was hacked to death by masked men with machetes in 2015. His brother filed a case, but Dash’s extremist attackers have yet to be brought to… More

Writers at Risk Database

Faisal Arepin Deepan

Deepan, a publisher of secular books, was stabbed to death by extremists in 2015. In late 2019, eight militants were indicted in a murder case filed on Deepan’s behalf. More

Writers at Risk Database

Muhammad Zafar Iqbal

Dr. Iqbal was stabbed by an anti-secular extremist after receiving multiple death threats. Dr. Iqbal recovered, and his attacker is being tried for attempted murder. More

Matiur Rahman

Rahman faces continued harassment for his journalistic work. He has faced at least 55 defamation charges since 2016, notably one related to his caricature of a local legislator. More

Shafik Rehman

Rehman was arrested without warrant in April 2016 in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder the prime minister’s son. An active member of the political opposition, he… More

Henry Sawpon

Sawpon was arrested for hurting religious sentiments on May 14, 2019 and was released on bail two days later. He is still awaiting trial. More

Writers at Risk Database

Shamsuzzoha Manik

On February 15, 2016, Manik was arrested after an extremist religious group threatened to hold protests over a book he published that was deemed offensive to Islam. He is… More

Writers at Risk Database

Xulhaz Mannan

A founder of Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine who was a high-profile face of the movement, Mannan was hacked to death on April 25, 2016 by Al-Qaeda-linked extremists, along with… More