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LGBTIQ activists killed by armed group

On 25 April 2016, LGBTIQ activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed by members of the armed group Ansar al-Islam, which is linked to AI Qaeda. The pair, who helped to set up and run Bangladesh’s first and only LGBTIQ magazine, Roopban, were hacked to death after men posing as couriers gained entry to Xulhaz’s apartment. Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother, Sakhina Khatun, was also injured in the attack.

A year and a half on from the murders, there has been little progress in the case. The police have made a handful of arrests and claim to have identified other suspects, but no one has been formally charged. Although same-sex relations are illegal in Bangladesh, LGBTIQ campaigners were beginning to change people’s attitudes. The murders have set back this progress.

Please write to Xulhaz's brother, Minhaz Mannan Emon, to let him know you're thinking of the family and are calling for justice for Xulhaz.

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