Bangladesh’s only LGBT editor hacked to death

Xulhaz Mannan

Bangladeshi police have confirmed the death of a prominent gay rights activist who was the country’s only LGBT magazine editor.

The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.

Since February last year suspected militants have killed a number of secular and atheist writers.

Mannan was murdered two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected militants.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the murder but the Bangladeshi government have claimed that there is no ISIS presence in the country.

“I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi,” said US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat.

“We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders,” she added.

Homosexuality is technically illegal in Bangladesh and remains a highly sensitive issue in society.

Mannan was openly gay and believed that if more gay Bangladeshis came out then the country would have to accept them, a BBC source said.

He was also behind the annual “Rainbow Rally”, held on the “Bengali New Year”, 14 April, since 2014. This year’s rally was banned by police as part of widespread security measures.

 

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT 5PILLARS

Add your comments below