vendredi 3 novembre 2017

Action Bangladesh (en Anglais)

Xulhaz Mannan was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues. In a country where same-sex relations are illegal, Xulhaz pushed the boundaries of Bangladesh’s society through his work.

Unfortunately Xulhaz’s work led to his death. Xulhaz Mannan and a colleague were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother. Take action now and demand justice for Xulhaz.

Xulhaz’s attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a series of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues. Despite overwhelming evidence, in the past year Xulhaz’s case has not been brought to justice. Demand that there are formal arrests for Xulhaz’s case now by taking action.

For Xulhaz’s family, inaction by the police means no justice for their loved one or progress on the issues he cared about. Xulhaz’s brother said, “The government is least bothered on this issue...one can say that the government now believe that, ‘this’ issue (i.e. the right to practice one’s sexuality) has died with Xulhaz.”

For LGBTIQ activists at risk in Bangladesh it’s crucial that Xulhaz’s case is taken seriously by the police. We need your voice, Dorothee, to demand action for Xulhaz now.

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