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Bangladesh: savage killing of blogger Niloy Neel must not go unpunished

A protest against the killing of Bangladeshi bloggers earlier this year © AFP/Getty Images
‘The price for holding opinions and expressing them freely must not be death’ - David Griffiths
The Bangladeshi authorities must send a strong message that killings aimed at silencing dissenting voices are despicable and will not be tolerated, Amnesty International said in reaction to the very disturbing news that blogger Niloy Neel was hacked to death at his home in the capital Dhaka today.
Neel, known for his secularist views, is the fourth Bangladeshi blogger to meet such a brutal fate at the hands of machete-wielding groups this year, with bloggers Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman and Ananta Bijoy Das all murdered since February.
Amnesty International South Asia Director David Griffiths said:
“This spate of savage killings must end here. There is little doubt that these especially brutal killings are designed to sow fear and to have a chilling effect on free speech.
“The price for holding opinions and expressing them freely must not be death. The Bangladeshi authorities now have an urgent duty to make clear that no more attacks like this will be tolerated.
“Thorough, effective, independent and impartial investigations must be carried out promptly to ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials without recourse to the death penalty.”

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