Xulhaz Mannan: Bangladesh LGBT editor Hacked to Death With Friend
Xulhaz Mannan: Bangladesh LGBT editor Hacked to Death With Friend

Xulhaz Mannan: Bangladesh LGBT editor Hacked to Death With Friend, Report

Xulhaz Mannan and his friend were found dead in an apartment in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Monday.

Police said five or six men had entered the seven-storey building under the guise of delivering a package and attacked the pair with machetes.

According to witnesses, the unidentified assailants shouted “Allahu Akbar” and fired blanks as they fled the scene.

Mannan was responsible Bangladesh’s Rainbow Rally, which has been held on 14 April annual since 2014. However, police banned the event this year as part of widespread security measures. Mannan told AFP that they had received threats online from Islamists. “They have even set up an online group to threaten us,” he said.

Marcia Bernicat, the US ambassador to bangladesh, said: “I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi this evening in Dhaka. Xulhaz was more than a colleague to those of us fortunate to work with him at the U.S. Embassy. He was a dear friend. Our prayers are with Xulhaz, the other victim, and those injured in the attack. We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the Government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders.”

In an article for the Guardian in 2014 which asked ‘What’s it like to be LGBT around the world?’ Mannan wrote: “In a country where the whole concept of sex and sexuality is a taboo, we are learning to navigate our ways by highlighting ‘love’ as the center of all, as a human right that can’t be denied, hoping for better, and may be ‘faster’, acceptance.. some day!”

The incident occurred two days after a university professor was killed in a similar attack which the Islamic State (Isis) later claimed responsibilty for.

Bangladeshi blogger Nazimuddin Samad was hacked to death after he posted messages on Facebook criticising Islam in Dhaka is the latest in a string of such incidents incidents where bloggers, writers and academics have been killed in the country.

Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director said: “The brutal killing of an editor of an LGBT publication and his friend, days after a university professor was hacked to death, underscores the appalling lack of protection being afforded to a range of peaceful activists in the country.

“There have been four deplorable killings so far this month alone. It is shocking that no one has been held to account for these horrific attacks and that almost no protection has been given to threatened members of civil society. Bangladeshi authorities have a legal responsibility to protect and respect the right to life. They must urgently focus their energies on protecting those who express their opinions bravely and without violence, and bringing the killers to justice. The authorities must strongly condemn these horrific attacks, something they have failed to do so far.”


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    1. The assailants could surely not be Islamic. Remember muslims say Islam is a religion of peace!

    2. go ahead you queers….protest it ..the world does not tolerate you…you are only tolerated in western society

      • wtf kinda name is “Nunya” certainly not a western name! So you really shouldn’t speak for countries you don’t represent. Besides the Indian beast in that region will die in there own heterosexually rape motivated society anyway so who cares what they think now …. or YOU, for that matter, God only knows what area of the world the little flat rock that you crawled out from under to read this report is anyway.

    3. And the world goes on…. Yawn………..

    4. I wonder how many homo hating Muslims are in the US? There ought to be a lot of ’em with our open border policy. Our local homo’s should rally around and make sure they have all the amenities and benefits of being an illegal alien in our society. I’m sure the National Org. of Women are helping as many of them as possible. After all, the Muslims LOVE women . . . as long as they’re slaves . . .LOL

    5. It is unfortunate that this man was murdered. However, when you go to an Islamic area and start poking the murderous Islamic animal in the rump with your lance of disgusting societal aberration and human behavior, things like this DO happen!

    6. This probably has nothing to do with homosexuality. Christians are being butchered there in droves. Also the two men worked for a US government agencies, which is likely the reason they were targeted by terrorists.

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