25 April 2016

The 40 year-old editor of Bangladesh’s first LGBTIQ magazine Roopbaan and local staffer of USAID, was hacked to death along with his friend, Tanay Fahim, at his residence in Dhaka’s Kalabagan area. Both victims were well-known LGBTIQ activists in Bangladesh. Mannan and Fahim were attacked by a gang of six men posing as couriers. Mannan had received a number of threats online from radical Islamists in the lead up to the third annual Rainbow Rally, which was to be held on Bengali New Year, April 14.