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Who were Xulhaz and Tonoy?

They were hacked to death in 2016

Update : 31 Aug 2021, 10:37 PM

In a gruesome double murder incident, Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabby Tonoy were hacked to death inside Xulhaz’s apartment at Kalabagan on April 25, 2016.

Their deaths were part of a series of murders of freethinkers, including secular and atheist writers and members of religious minority groups, in Bangladesh at the hands of religious militants.

Xulhaz, 35, was an international relations graduate from Dhaka University. 

He joined the US embassy in 2007 before taking up what would turn out to be his last assignment at USAID.


 Also Read - Six militants awarded death penalty for murdering LGBT activists Xulhaz, Tonoy


He was also the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine.

Roopbaan was launched in 2014 to promote greater acceptance of LGBT communities in Bangladesh.

Tonoy, 26, was also involved in promoting LGBT rights in Bangladesh.

He was involved with the Lok Natyadal theatre group.

Tonoy taught drama to children at an organization called People’s Theatre.

On Tuesday, six members of the banned militant group Ansar al-Islam were sentenced to death for murdering Xulhaz and Tonoy five years ago.

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