Family forced him to marry; he chose death instead
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Family forced him to marry; he chose death instead

This is the story of Sajjad, a young Bangladeshi man who was full of life, forever beaming with a smile and good humour, who never stopped battling through life’s tempests and making time to serve people around him. Until one day the battle became too much for him. Continue reading

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Bangladesh police say they know activists’ 5 killers

Police in Bangladesh have identified five people involved in the April 25 murder of LGBT rights activists Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, but have not yet arrested them, according to news accounts in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi online newspaper bdnews24.com reported: Detectives are trying to arrest these suspects, an official of the Detective Branch, speaking … Continue reading

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Four arrests of LGBT activists at Bangladesh celebration

Police in Dhaka, Bangladesh, today arrested four LGBT rights activists taking part in a traditional procession to celebrate the Bengali New Year. The march, known as Mongol Shobhajatra, celebrates Bengali New Year’s Day, or Pohela Boishakh. Roopbaan, an LGBT rights organization in Bangladesh, had canceled plans for a “Rainbow Rally” that would promote tolerance for … Continue reading

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Anti-gay Bangladesh protests target Nobel Prize winner

Agence France-Presse reports: Clerics in Bangladesh held small protests Tuesday [Oct. 1] against Muhammad Yunus over comments he made in 2012 supporting gay rights, in the latest campaign against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer. Islamic groups with links to the government in the deeply conservative Muslim country have organised the campaign against Yunus, saying … Continue reading

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Bangladesh newspaper urges repeal of anti-gay law

A newspaper in Bangladesh has announced its opposition to the country’s harsh anti-gay law. The Dhaka Tribune, which was launched in April, today published an editorial that urged “Decriminalising same-sex relations.” Under the laws of Bangladesh, same-sex relations are punishable by up to a life sentence. The opinion piece ran under a secondary headline arguing … Continue reading