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Bangladesh: Justice for murdered Bangledeshi LGBT pioneers

Six Islamic militants sentenced to death for brutal murder of gay rights activists

Thursday 9 September 2021, by siawi3

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqEEnGs-8l8

Justice for murdered Bangledeshi LGBT pioneers

26 avr. 2019

Peter Tatchell Foundation

25 April 2019 - Bangladesh LGBTs & allies vigil for Xulhaz Mannan & MahbubTonoy, Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine publishers

Video ici 1:13

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Source: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/08/31/xulhaz-mannan-mahbub-rabbi-tonoy-murder-trial/

Six Islamic militants sentenced to death for brutal murder of gay rights activists

Patrick Kelleher

August 31, 2021

Photo: A candle-lit prayer was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 25 April 2017 in remembrance, one year after the gruesome murders of LGBT activists Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tonoy

A candle-lit prayer was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 25 April 2017 in remembrance, one year after the gruesome murders of LGBT activists Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Tonoy. (Ahmed Salahuddin/NurPhoto via Getty)

Six members of an Islamic militant group have been sentenced to death for the brutal murder of two prominent Bangladeshi gay rights activists.

Bangladesh’s LGBT+ community was left in shock in April 2016 when Xulhaz Mannan, 35, and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, 25, were found hacked to death in Mannan’s apartment. Mannan was the editor of Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT+ magazine Roopban, and Tonoy was an actor.

Ansar Al Islam, a regional arm of al Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the murders, and eight men were charged with murder in 2019.

A special tribunal found six of those men guilty of murder and sentenced them to death on Tuesday (31 August), according to Reuters. Two others – both of whom are currently on the run – were acquitted, public prosecutor Golam Sarwar Khan said.

The six men convicted of murder have been named as Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haq, Mozammel Hossain, Arafat Rahman, Sheikh Abdullah, Asadullah, and Akram Hossain.

The Special Anti-Terrorism Tribunal also convicted all six men for being part of a terrorist group. Police believe the same organisation is responsible for the deaths of numerous activists.

Two convicted of murdering Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy are on the run

Two of the men convicted are currently on the run and were tried in absentia. Haq, a sacked army general, is one of those who was absent during court proceedings. Authorities believe he may be the leader of the group and it is thought he played an instrumental role in Mannan and Tonoy’s killings.
Bangladesh activist Xulhaz Mannan as he attends a Bengali New Year rally organised by a Bangladesh LGBT society in Dhaka.

Photo: Xulhaz Mannan in 2014. (STR/AFP via Getty)