Avijit Roy was a prominent atheist, writer, and blogger who advocated for a secular (instead of Islamic) government in Bangladesh while he was alive. He held dual US-Bangaldesh citizenship. He was an advocate for ending strict blasphemy laws in Bangladesh that have been used to imprison bloggers critical of Islam. As part of the Shahbag movement he advocated for the death penalty for Islamist war criminal Abdul Quader Molla and registration of Jamaat-e-Islami as a terrorist group instead of a political party. He was assassinated on 26 February 2015 by machete-wielding Ansar Bangla-7, an Islamist group suspected to be a cover for Ansarullah Bangla Team. Ansarullah Bangla Team is an Islamist terrorist group in Bangladesh that claims responsibility for the machete murders of many atheist bloggers in Bangladesh.
- France-Presse, Agence. "American atheist blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh", The Guardian, 2015-02-27. (en-GB)
- "US-Bangladesh blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death", BBC News, 2015-02-27. (en-GB)