- Nazimuddin Samad is the sixth secularist writer or publisher to be killed in Dhaka in past 14 months
- Bangladeshi government's response has been shameful, authors say
Paul Fidalgo is communications director for the Center for Inquiry. Michael De Dora is director of the center's office of public policy, the organization's representative to the United Nations and the president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)An innocent young man is brutally hacked to death in the street by marauding thugs with machetes, and the government's response is to effectively blame the victim. This is the outrageous and absurd situation in the supposed democratic state of Bangladesh, where a bloody campaign of terror is being waged against secularists and atheists who have criticized radical Islam. But rather than act to protect the rights and safety of its people, Bangladesh's leaders are coddling the killers and chastising the dead.