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Xulhaz Mannan
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Xulhaz Mannan
Born 12 October 1976
Died 25 April 2016(2016-04-25) (aged 39)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Xulhaz Mannan (Bengali: জুলহাজ মান্নান; 12 October 1976 – 25 April 2016) was an employee of the United States embassy in Dhaka and the founder of Bangladesh's first and only LGBT magazine.[1] He was killed in his apartment along with another LGBT activist Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy in a stabbing attack.[2]

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Early life and educationEdit

Mannan's mother is a retired education ministry officer and elder brother was the vice president of Dhaka stock exchange. His elder sister is a pharmacist, living in the US. His father, who died several years ago was actively involved with the Bangladeshi independence movement in 1971.[3]

Mannan was born 12 October 1976.[4] He completed his SSC and HSC (1993) at Dhaka Residential Model College. He was involved in cultural activities from junior school. He then completed his B.Com at City College, Dhaka. Later he studied at Dhaka University and finished with honors in International Relations. In 2003 he received a master's degree of Social Sciences in Peace and Conflict Studies.[5]

CareerEdit

He started his career in MGH group, and later joined the US embassy, Dhaka, as a protocol officer of the ambassador till 2015 and then switched to US Aid in September 2015.[1] He was involved in many activities outside work. He was a script writer for a NTV production at the very beginning. Photography, travel, hiking, event organizing were some of his hobbies.

Mannan was founder and publisher of Roopbaan, the only magazine for the LGBT community in Bangladesh launched in 2014.[6][7] He had worked in the human rights sector specially for the LGBT community in Bangladesh.[8] He successfully arranged a "rainbow rally" in Dhaka on 14 April 2015, however the rally was canceled in 2016 on police instruction.[7]

On 27 April 2016, Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina criticized his writings by comparing them with adult content.[9]

DeathEdit

He had received death threats after trying to organise a youth LBGT "Rainbow Rally" in early April 2016.[9] Mannan was killed in his apartment along with LGBT activist Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy in a stabbing attack.[10] A witness reported five men leaving the scene chanting "Allahu Akbar" ("Allah is Great").[3] Ansar-al-Islam, an Al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the murders.[11][12]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Gay Activist Killed" (6 May 2016). The Week. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Al-Mahmood, Syed Zain (26 April 2016). "Editor of Bangladesh Gay Magazine Hacked to Death in His Home". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Editor of Bangladesh's first gay rights magazine stabbed to death". Fox News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Bangladesch: LGBT-Aktivist brutal ermordet". Queeramnesty.ch (in German). Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Statement by USAID administrator Gayle Smith on the death of foreign service national Xulhaz Mannan". US Aid. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  6. ^ Hadi Hussain. "Islamist Extremists Weren't the Only Killers Of My Friend Xulhaz Mannan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  7. ^ a b Gani, Saad Hammadi Aisha (25 April 2016). "Founder of Bangladesh's first and only LGBT magazine killed". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-30. 
  8. ^ "Confronting the comfortable closet in Bangladesh, article by Xulhaz Mannan in Pink Pages, India's National LGBT Magazine". Pink Pages. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  9. ^ a b "Campaign of terror against Bangladesh's liberal voices". The Economist. 27 April 2016. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 30 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bangladesh LGBT editor hacked to death". BBC News. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  11. ^ a b "Editor Of Bangladesh's Only LGBT Magazine Is Hacked To Death". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  12. ^ CNN, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Don Melvin, and Tiffany Ap. "Al Qaeda claims #Bangladesh LGBT murders". CNN. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Arrest Xulhaz Mannan killers, US Ambassador Bernicat asks Bangladesh government". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  14. ^ "LGBT editor hacked to death in Bangladesh by Islamist militants". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Kerry calls Hasina, demands justice for slain gay-rights activist Xulhaz". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.