Md. Abdul Hamid
With this letter Norwegian PEN will express a mounting concern about the escalating pattern of attacks on writers and journalists in Bangladesh, which has culminated in the shocking murder of writer, editor and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das. At least six writers have been attacked or murdered since 2013, and although there have been several arrests, no-one has been held to account for any of these attacks.
Norwegian PEN wants to seek assurance that the Bangladeshi authorities take all necessary measures to bring the perpetrators to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards. It is now urgent that all possible steps are taken to protect writers at risk in the country.
Ms Brit Bildøen
Chair of Writers in Prison Committee
COPY: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs