Monthly Archives: July 2015


For the Poor Boy Who Was Born in a Wrong Place

I am feeling sick looking at the face of the poor boy from Sylhet, Bangladesh, who was beaten to death on July 8, 2015.

Four adult criminals are committing such a horrendous act so coolly, with one of them filming the video. The 13 year old, Samiul Alam Rajan, was accused of stealing a three-wheeler rickshaw […]

Bonya Ahmed on BBC Sunday Morning Live

From: Arif Rahman.

Do religions diminish free speech?

Blasphemy laws were scrapped in Britain in 2008, but remain in Northern Ireland. Iceland has become the latest country to repeal their blasphemy laws this month. Has Britain got the balance right? Is blasphemy an outdated concept? Does following a religion suppress your freedoms? Or can religion and free […]

Statement from Mukto-Mona on recent false media claims about Avijit Roy’s killers

Recently we’ve come across several news items related to the investigation of the murder of Avijit Roy, writer and founder of Mukto-Mona. We, the Mukto-Mona group, are protesting these attempts to create sensation among readers through glib and misleading clickbait headlines such as “Bonya Ahmed Identified Avijit Roy’s Murderers” or “Bonya’s Friend Provided Information to […]

By |July 10th, 2015|Avijit Roy, bangalee freethinker|1 Comment

Marriage equality in Bangladesh

Last month, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states of the Union, and the District of Columbia, adding the United States to the list of nearly two dozen countries, mostly in Europe and the Americas, that recognize marriage between a man and a man, and between a woman and a woman. The decision, which is nothing short of historic, made waves around the globe, including in Bangladesh, and is a cause for celebration for everybody who believes in equal human dignity. […]

By |July 9th, 2015|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Religion, Society|1 Comment

Greek tragedy – no longer a myth

Greek tragedy may have evolved, as Aristotle put it as a “song for the sacrifice of the goat”, depicting the ancient rites in the 5th century BC based on Greek myths, but now that mythical tragedy is taking a whole new meaning.

Greece might have invented democracy, produced the subtleties of logical deduction and mastered […]

Voltaire Lecture 2015: ‘Fighting machetes with pens’

The transcript of Voltaire Lecture 2015 by Rafida Ahmed Bonya

Hi Everybody,

I would like to thank British Humanist Association, such a historical and prestigious organization, for giving me the chance to speak with you.

My late-husband, Dr. Avijit Roy and I were Bangladeshi-American citizens and Humanists, and we are the recent victims of Islamic […]

Rafida Ahmed Bonya to deliver Voltaire Lecture 2015 on July 2

Writer Rafida Ahmed Bonya (hereafter Bonya), the wife of the founder of Mukto-Mona, famous freethinking Bengali writer Avijit Roy (1972-2015; hereafter Avijit), has arrived in London to deliver this year’s prestigious Voltaire Lecture organized by British Humanist Association (BHA). The lecture will be held in Hilton London Metropole Hotel on July 2. BHA is organizing […]

By |July 1st, 2015|Avijit Roy, Mukto-Mona|0 Comments
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