Spotlight on Bangladeshi politicians’ anti-trans, anti-gay remarks

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03/09/2024

LGBTQ rights activists have denounced Bangladeshi politicians for their anti-gay and anti-trans hate speech in recent months along with their opposition to inclusion of references to transgender people in school textbooks. Politicians’ offensive and discriminatory comments cited by JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France (JMBF) included: Denying the humanity of transgender people; Using the words “homosexual” and “hijra” as slurs when describing political opponents; and Demanding the removal of transgender-related content from school curricula. JMBF issued this statement: The France-based human rights organization JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France (JMBF) expresses deep concern over recent discriminatory actions against transgender and homosexual individuals, as well as the propagation of hate speech against homosexuality in Bangladesh by major political parties, including the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League, the main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jatio Party, and the Islamic-religion-based political party Islami Andolon Bangladesh.

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