Demand the Bangladesh government investigate Xulhaz's murder

 

BANGLADESH:
INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF XULHAZ MANNAN

Murdered for defending LGBTI rights

 

HIS KILLERS ARE GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER

Being gay in Bangladesh is illegal - and even defending LGBTIQ rights is a dangerous job.  

Xulhaz spoke out and defended the rights of LGBTI people. He founded Roopban, the first and only LGBTIQ magazine in Bangladesh and bravely stood up for the rights of LGBTIQ people in Bangladesh. But he and a colleague were brutally murdered last year by extremists. 

What’s worse, the government has not brought his killers to justice. They are getting away with murder.

BEING GAY IN 
BANGLADESH IS
ILLEGAL

If the government properly investigated the murder of Xulhaz and brought his killers to justice, it would show the people who want to harm defenders of human rights in Bangladesh that they cannot get away with it.

In recent years, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of people being attacked in Bangladesh simply for their beliefs.  If people are allowed to get away with murder, it will become an increasingly violent place to live. Help stop this now.

We need to stand with rights defenders and make sure that the government condemns these attacks.



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Dear Home Minister,

Nearly 18 months have passed since Xulhaz Mannan and his colleague were hacked to death when machete-wielding attackers stormed his home. Even though there are witnesses and ample evidence, the police investigation has stalled and Xulhaz’s killers have not been held accountable.

The failure to hold anyone accountable for Xulhaz’s murder has created a climate of fear among human rights defenders, including LGBTIQ activists. They are not able to express themselves freely, live their lives in the way they wish to, fearful that they will also come under attack and that the government will do nothing when that happens.

I call on you to ensure that this murder is not forgotten and that justice is served without further delay.



Yours sincerely,

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
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