Bangladesch: Vier Blogger verhaftet

RAN 16/13 – 05. April 2013

Blogger Asif Mohiuddin

Blogger Asif Mohiuddin

Der internationale PEN ist in Sorge um vier Blogger aus Bangladesch, die kürzlich verhaftet wurden, weil sie im Internet Einträge veröffentlicht haben, die angeblich religiöse Ansichten verletzten. Die Verhaftungen gehören zu einer ganzen Reihe von Attacken gegen Schriftsteller seit Anfang dieses Jahres. Der PEN erinnert die Behörden Bangladeschs an ihre Verpflichtungen gemäß Artikel 19 des Internationalen Pakts für bürgerliche und politische Rechte, zu dessen Unterzeichnern das Land zählt.

Das „Committee zum Schutz von Journalisten“ (Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ) berichtet folgendes:

‘Police on Wednesday [4 April 2013] arrested Asif Mohiuddin, a popular blogger who calls himself an atheist and who had often criticized Islamic fundamentalism and written about politicians and current events on his blog and Facebook page. Last week, Mohiuddin had told Agence France-Presse that he had been interrogated by detectives about his writings and that 120 of his blog posts were deleted. His blog had been one of the most visited websites in the country before it was removed at the order of Bangladesh’s telecommunications regulator, according to AFP. Mohiuddin is being held in police custody for three days for further investigation, news reports said.

On Monday [1 April 2013], police arrested bloggers Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, and Rasel Parvez… The bloggers appeared in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing, where a judge denied them bail and placed them in police custody for one week for further investigation…The three could face up to 10 years in jail if convicted under the country’s cyber laws, which outlaw „defaming“ a religion, police said… Their blogs were shut down following their arrests…

The three bloggers had often criticized politicians and the press for being „biased toward Islamist views and ideologies in a country that is constitutionally supposed to be secular,“ according to news reports. The reports said the bloggers arrested on Monday had frequently used Amar Blog, an online blog publishing site that has since been shut down.

One of the bloggers, Shuvo, who belongs to Bangladesh’s Hindu minority, had criticized the media in his posts in connection to what he believed was their failure to fight discrimination in recent attacks on Buddhists and Hindus in the country, according to reports. Bangladesh is 90 percent Muslim, and Islam is its official state religion.

Molla Nazrul Islam, deputy commissioner of the Dhaka police, told the local press that Shuvo, Biplob, and Parvez had „hurt the religious feelings of the people by writing against different religions and their prophets and founders including the Prophet Muhammad.“

Muhiuddin Khan, Bangladesh’s home minister, said at least three of the bloggers were among 84 bloggers identified by an Islamist group as atheists in a list given to a government panel probing alleged blasphemy against Islam on the Internet, according to reports. In recent years, bloggers have increasingly criticized what they see as heightened religious fundamentalism, leading to tension between the online journalists and Islamist fundamentalists.

The arrests took place amid a wider government crackdown on the Internet following mass demonstrations, called the „Shahbagh movement,“ in which protesters called for the death penalty for leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party on trial for war crimes during the 1971 war of independence. Many bloggers have encouraged and publicized the protests, which have been attended by hundreds of thousands of people.

The government has also blocked about a dozen websites and blogs since last week, reports said. Authorities set up a panel, which included intelligence chiefs, to identify potential blasphemy on social media sites. Last week, the country’s telecommunications regulator ordered two sites to remove hundreds of posts by seven bloggers whose writings it said offended Muslims…’

Neben den Verhaftungen kam es auch zu anderen Attacken auf Autoren: Am 15. Februar 2013 wurde der prominente Blogger und Islam-Kritiker Ahmed Rajib Haider von Attentätern vor seinem Haus in Dhaka ermordet. Im Januar wurde Asif Mohiuddin beim Verlassen seines Büros attackiert. Drei Männer stachen auf ihn ein und verletzten ihn dabei schwer. Es wird befürchtet, dass beide Männer wegen ihrer kritischen Online-Kommentare angegriffen wurden.

Für weitere Hintergrundinformationen in englischer Sprache:

Global voices: ‚.((strlen(‚http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/04/02/three-bloggers-detained-in-bangladesh-for-writing-against-islam/‘)>40) ? substr(‚http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/04/02/three-bloggers-detained-in-bangladesh-for-writing-against-islam/‘,0,40).’…‘ : ‚http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/2013/04/02/three-bloggers-detained-in-bangladesh-for-writing-against-islam/‘).‘

Amnesty International: ‚.((strlen(‚http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/bangladesh-2013-02-20‘)>40) ? substr(‚http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/bangladesh-2013-02-20′,0,40).’…‘ : ‚http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/bangladesh-2013-02-20′).‘

Schreiben Sie Protestbriefe:

  • Drücken Sie Ihre tiefe Besorgnis wegen der Attacken auf Blogger und Journalisten in Bangladesh aus, die lediglich aufgrund ihrer kritischen schriftlichen Äußerungen verhaftet oder angegegriffen werden.
  • Erinnern Sie die Behörden an deren Verpflichtungen gemäß Artikel 19 des Internationalen Pakts für bürgerliche und politische Rechte, zu dessen Unterzeichnern Bangladesch zählt.

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