Xulhaz and a friend were viciously murdered on 25 April 2016.
Instrumental in setting up and running Bangladesh’s first and only magazine for LGBTI issues, Roopban, Xulhaz and his friend were hacked to death by individuals belonging to Ansar al – Islam, a Bangladeshi armed Islamist outfit which claims it has links to AI Qaeda.
The attack is one of many following the re-emergence of violent armed groups in Bangladesh since 2013 and dozens of people – including HRDs, LGBTI people, secular bloggers, foreigners and members of religious minorities – have been brutally killed.
The Bangladeshi government did not officially condemn his murder at the time, and there has been little progress in the investigation. The failure of the authorities to hold his killers accountable raises fears that his loved ones will be denied the justice they deserve.
Although police have made a handful of arrests related to Xulhaz’s murder, and claim to have identified other suspects, no one has been formally charged.
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