Taslima Nasreen Relocated To US Amid Death Threats From Islamic Extremists

02/06/2015 6:23 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen listens as she attends the 4th edition of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society 'Building the future with women's vision' on October 17, 2008 in Deauville. AFP PHOTO MYCHELE DANIAU (Photo credit should read MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has been moved to the United States by the Center for Inquiry, a New York-based advocacy group, which said that she had received death threats.

Nasreen's relocation comes after the murder of three secular bloggers by Islamic extremists in Bangladesh, this year.

CFI, which appealed for funds to support Nasreen's stay in the U.S., said on its website that she had been "named as an imminent target by the same extremists responsible for the murders of Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman, and Ananta Bijoy Das."

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for Roy's murder.

Read: Al-Qaeda Branch Claims Responsibility For American Blogger

Read: Ananta Bijoy Das Hacked To Death In Bangladesh By Masked Men

CFI said that Nasreen arrived in the United States, last week.

"Nasrin was recently named as one of the next targets for murder by Al Qaeda-linked extremists, prompting CFI to assist in transporting her safely to the U.S., alleviating the immediate threat to her life," the group said. "Her safety is only temporary if she cannot remain in the U.S., however, which is why CFI has established an emergency fund to help with food, housing, and the means for her to be safely settled."

The author of 'Lajja' has been tweeting from the United States.

CFI said that any money raised in excess of what is necessary for Nasreen's cause will be used to rescue other "atheist, humanist, and secular activists under threat."

“Taslima is a truly international role model, as her work and her courage inspire people of all ages to question tradition, challenge dogma, and fight for human rights,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry.

“We could not stand by while her life was in danger, nor will we turn our backs on the other brave freethinkers in fear for their lives. I know our community will make a strong show of solidarity and give generously to this emergency fund," he said.

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