The Ansar al-Islam a militant Islamist group responsible for the violent murder of fearless Bangladeshi LGBTI activist Xulhaz Mannan has been banned by the government.
Xulhaz Mannan was the editor of the country’s first and only LGBTI magazine, Roopbaan.
He was hacked to death and shot by two men at an apartment in Dhaka in April last year, and his friend, Tanay Mojumdar, who was with him in the apartment at the time, was also murdered.
‘All activities of this group are banned because they constitute a threat to public order. Ansar al-Islam threatens peace and stability in Bangladesh,’ the Bangladesh Home Ministry said in a statement.
In the days leading up to Mannan’s death, he received multiple death threats and government intimidation.
Since his murder many LGBTI Bangladeshis have fled the country in fear of their lives.
Many LGBTI people in Bangladesh live in the closet because gay sex is outlawed in the majority Muslim country and is punishable by up to life in jail.
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