On 30 March 2015, HRD and blogger Oyasiqur (aka Washiqur)Rhaman was murdered in the Tejgaon area of Dhaka. Three young men surrounded him and sliced his face, throat, and forehead with machetes. The police arrested two suspects with machetes near the scene of the attack, who said they killed Rahman due to his “anti-Islamic” articles. Rahman blogged under the name “Kutshit Hasher Chhana” (the Ugly Duckling) about gender equality, violations of women’s rights, and his opposition to fundamental Islam’s role in Bangladesh’s legal system. Prior to his death, Rhaman received a series of death threats.
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Date of Killing:30/03/2015
Type of Work:Journalist/communicator
Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights
Sector Detail:Freedom of Expression, Women's Rights
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