Update April 27, 2016

Dhaka 12-32 pm, 01-March, 2021

‘These killings threat the freedom of expression’

Sumel Sarker

Børge Brende

‘These killings threat the freedom of expression’

27 April 2016, Nirapad News: Condemning the killings of activists in Bangladesh, Norway said these killings threat the freedom of expression.

In a statement, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende made the comment on Tuesday night (April 26).

He also expressed his condolences to the members of victims’ families and friends, says the statement sent by Norwegian Embassy to Bangladesh.

The statement said: “Bangladesh has long and proud traditions as an open and versatile society but these killings threat the freedom of expression”.

“It is the responsibility of the Bangladeshi authorities to defend basic rights and to bring the killers to justice,” the statement added.

On Monday, Xulhaz Mannan, a sexual minority activist, and his friend Mahbub Tonoy were brutally killed in his Kalabagan residence in Dhaka.

On Saturday (April 23) Professor in English Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, accused for being non-believer, was killed in the middle of the street.

During the last year at least 10 people in Bangladesh have been killed because of their opinions, sexual orientation or religion.

All victims represented religious minorities or non-religious, secular trends in Bangladesh and the killings were motivated by religious extremism.

Xulhaz Mannan worked at the US Embassy in Dhaka. He was also the editor at Bangladesh’ first LGBT magazine. Norway was one of the supporters of the supporters of the publication.

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