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Weʼre raising £25,000 to initiate LEGAL BATTLE against section 377 of Penal Code in Bangladesh. This law criminalises the LGBTQIA+ community."

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London, United Kingdom
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LGBT+
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Most Commonwealth countries have inherited a Victorian era section 377 of Penal Code which criminalises sexual acts "against the laws of nature". Many such independent countries with repressive religions have retained this penal code and have used it to suppress any notions of citizen's rights for the local LGBTQIA+ population. Due to section 377 in Bangladesh's penal code, homosexuals in the country are criminals by definition and homosexual acts are punishable with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine. Moreover, there are no rights to organise, speak up and most importantly seek protection from the law enforcement agencies, should gay people find themselves under threat from Islamic fundamentalists. The last factor played into the incident on April 25, 2016 when a prominent gay rights activists Xulhaz Mannan and gay cultural activist Mahbub Tonoy were mercilessly hacked to death by such militants in Xulhaz's home in Dhaka.

No government in Bangladesh of any political stripe has dared to repeal section 377 out of fear of backlash from Muslim fundamentalists and also out of a misguided notion of what is culturally acceptable. The only way to change the situation is through the legal channel - that is by filing a writ petition to Bangladesh's court system to declare section 377 of Penal Code to be against the constitution of the country. Such an argument can indeed be made as has been done in a similar case in India. Bangladesh's secular constitution does not allow the selective denial of rights to a group of her citizens by virtue of any criteria. It is expected that the lower courts of the country will not rule in favour of this private petition by us. Therefore we plan to take the matter up all the way to the Supreme Court.

Petitioners:
Mr. Riaz Osmani (London, UK)
Mr. Shahanur Islam (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

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  • Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    2 months ago

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Here is the section of Bangladesh penal code we are trying to have declared to be against the country's constitution and thus rendered null and void. http://bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd/sections_detail.php?id=11&sections_id=3233

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  • Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    2 months ago

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Thank you Anonymous. So so so much. But I hate you for not letting me thank you personally by remaining anonymous :o) But that is OK.

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  • Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    2 months ago

    Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

    Hi everyone. You can read more about our own writing about Penal Code 377 here. More legal and documented materials will be posted soon. https://banyantree1972.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/penal-code-377-the-bane-of-bangladeshs-lgbtqi-population/

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  • Kathleen Johnson

    Kathleen Johnson

    Jun 16, 2017

    Good luck with it!

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 9, 2017

    All the very best guys! Mian!

    £30.00

  • Edward Long

    Edward Long

    Jun 1, 2017

    Best of luck with the campaign

    £50.00

  • Mahfuj Ali

    Mahfuj Ali

    May 26, 2017

    The state should not interfere with personal affairs. This is a direct violation of people's freedom and I am happy to support a campaign against this act.Everyone is equal. Love is universal!

    £5.00

  • Tom Evans

    Tom Evans

    May 23, 2017

    £20.00

  • Seung hoon YIH

    Seung hoon YIH

    May 22, 2017

    Keep up the good work!

    £10.00

  • Charles Donovan

    Charles Donovan

    May 22, 2017

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Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

Riaz Osmani & Advocate Shahanur Islam

London, United Kingdom

I, Riaz Osmani, am a Bangladeshi and UK citizen, a Gay Rights Activist and a Software professional in London, UK. Shahanur Islam is a Bangladeshi Human Rights Activist and Lawyer in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We are petitioning against Section 377 of Penal Code as citizens of Bangladesh.

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