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Title: 01. W4R 2017 Portrait - Xulhaz Mannan, Bangladesh
Description: Artwork created by Rebecca Hendin for the 2017 Write for Rights campaign, showing Xulhaz Mannan from Bangladesh.

The asset record contains the original artwork files, as well as RGB screen jpgs and CMYK print jpgs.

Xulhaz Mannan and a friend were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a spate of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues.

Over a year since the April 2016 attack, and despite evidence including eyewitness testimony and CCTV footage no one has been charged for the murders. On top of this slow police response, the government has shifted blame onto the victims. Shortly after Xulhaz’s murder, a government minister stated that movements promoting “unnatural sex” are not allowed in Bangladeshi society.

This reluctance or unwillingness to find and charge Xulhaz’s killers sends a devastating message to LGBTIQ activists and others who challenge the status quo with their work. As Xulhaz’s brother says, the police’s inaction shows that “the government is least bothered… and believes that, ‘this’ issue [same-sex relations] has died with Xulhaz”.
This asset shows: Artwork, Graphic, Cartoon, Logo, Map, Sign
Tags: Rebecca Hendin, W4R2017, Write for Rights 2017, HRDs, human rights defender, Xulhaz Mannan
Copyright Type: Third Party
Copyright Credit: © Rebecca Hendin
Agreement Type: Unrestricted
Agreement Notes: -
Date Photo or Video Created: 01/08/2017 00:00
Place Created: UK


Size: 460.22 MB; 11454 x 14043 pixels; 970 x 1189 mm (print at 300 DPI); 3031 x 3716 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
ID: 242388
Categories: Images