Support imprisoned atheist bloggers in Bangladesh

Please write to the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh and urge him to lodge a formal complaint with the Government of Bangladesh over these anti-democratic arrests. 

We have provided an online service, which will allow you to write to them both. It doesn’t take much time and every response can make a massive difference.

What’s happening?

There is a serious situation unfolding involving at least four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh under laws that make expressions illegal if that expression might ‘wound the religious feelings’ of others.

Police recently arrested four atheist bloggers in Bangladesh after they were accused of ‘defaming Islam and the prophet Mohammed.’ As a result of their blogs approaching religion critically and promoting the value of political secularism, each faces up to a decade in jail for something that should never be a crime in any nation that claims to respect freedom of belief and freedom of expression.

As outlined in an International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) report published in December last year, this alarming trend of prosecuting non-religious individuals is spreading throughout the world, with a particular increase of arrests related to use of social media. We need your help to raise awareness of the situation with high-level British government officials who must take action now.

Every human being has the right to freedom of belief, even if those beliefs differ drastically from our own and no government has the right to imprison anyone because someone else’s beliefs have been insulted. Freedom to challenge and dissent is vital in any democratic and open society.

What are the BHA and IHEU doing?

The BHA is discussing this matter with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and urging them to take action to stand up for freedom in Bangladesh. IHEU is urging humanist organisations all over the world to do the same with their governments. We urge you to do your part in ensuring that the UK Government helps protect freedom of expression globally by urging the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh to lodge a formal complaint with the Government of Bangladesh over these anti-democratic arrests.

These bloggers do not deserve to sit in jail for being atheists, for defending secularism, or for challenging religion or particular religious authorities. With your help, we can help assist them in gaining their freedom and also defend the basic human right to believe—and not believe.

How you can help

Contact British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Gibson to urge him to lodge a formal complaint with the Government of Bangladesh over these anti-democratic arrests. We strongly recommend you personalise your letter to add to the weight of its argument.