In Bangladesh, LGBT people fear extremists, and a British-era law

It took five years for Minhaz Mannan to see justice for his brother Xulhaz after Islamist extremists hacked him to death with a machete.

Xulhaz was the co-founder and publisher of Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine, Roopbaan. He and his associate Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were killed in Xulhaz’s flat on April 25, 2016, by a group of men belonging to the al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Islam.

“It was a premeditated killing, a murder that turned our family upside down,” said Minhaz. “Nothing can be scarier…

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