Ahmed Rajib Haider

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Ahmed Rajib Haider (Bengali: আহমেদ রাজীব হায়দার)(? - Feb. 15, 2013) was an architect and blogger from Bangladesh. Haider was killed on February 15, 2013. More than 100,000 people attended his funeral in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.[1]

Haider organized protests against war criminals from the 1971 war. He also spoke against the fundamentalist Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami. The protests started on February 5, and continued for 12 days. A group of bloggers stated the protests. They protested against a verdict by the special war tribunal that sent Abdul Quader Mollah, a Jamaat leader, to prison. Mollah was convicted of murder, rape and torture. The protesters wanted the death sentence. [1]

In December 2015, two students were sentenced to death for killing Haider. Police said the students got their ideas from Jashim Uddin Rahmani, the leader of a mosque in Dhaka, who said it was legal to kill bloggers. [2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Vast Throng in Bangladesh Protests Killing of Activist". The New York Times. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. France-Presse, Agence (31 December 2015). "Two sentenced to death for Bangladesh blogger murder". Retrieved 2 August 2016 – via The Guardian.