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Bangladesh Islamic Groups Hold Nationwide Protest of Nobel Laureate for Pro-Gay Remarks

Islamic clerics across Bangladesh held small protests against Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer, over remarks he made in 2012 in support of gay rights.

AFP reported: Yunus

Maolana Moniruzzaman Rabbani, secretary of a committee that helps run the national mosque in Dhaka, said organisers would distribute 600 000 leaflets outlining Yunus's statement against violence and opposing discrimination against gay people.

The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates in April 2012 following prosecutions of gay people in Uganda.

“We'll hold a massive rally against Yunus in the capital on October 31,” said Rabbani, who is also secretary general of the Islamic Oikyajote political party, which claims to be allied with the government. “We have asked all Muslims to be united against Yunus's move to destroy our family and society,” he said. Homosexuality is outlawed in Bangladesh.

A spokesperson for Yunus declined to comment because of the sensitivity of the issue. He is currently not in Bangladesh.

The campaign is the latest aimed at discrediting and attacking Yunus in Bangladesh. He was sacked in 2011 from Grameen Bank, the micro-credit pioneer he founded, after he angered the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by joining politics briefly.

The rallies were held today but only attracted small numbers of people, AFP followed up.

"Yunus has become an apostate for supporting homosexuality," said one imam, Maolana Mohammad Noman, who took part in a protest in the eastern town of Comilla.

Local police chief Mohiuddin Mahmud told AFP that scores of imams joined the rally in Comilla and demanded Yunus's execution


Bangladesh Refuses to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Bangladesh has rejected a UN recommendation to decriminalize homosexuality, angering gay rights activists in the country, The Independent reports:

BangladeshThe reaction followed a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Friday, where Bangladesh accepted 164 of a total 196 recommendations made by the body.

Among the measures rejected was a recommendation to abolish Section 377 of the national penal code which criminalises consensual same-sex relationships.

According to a UN summary of the UPR meeting, Abdul Hannan, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Office at Geneva, told the council that his country could not accept recommendations that conflicted with “constitutional and legal provisions” or “socio-cultural values of the country”.

India and Nepal, whose laws criminalizing sodomy were also a relic of British colonialism, have both repealed their laws.


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Their numbers globally were thought to be in the low hundreds, but yesterday at a conference in Maui conservationists announced they've found thousands of Irrawaddy dolphins living in freshwater regions of Bangladesh's Sundarbans mangrove forest and the Bay of Bengal:

"Until this new Bangladesh population was found, figures from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated the Sundarbans population to be around 450. WCS says it used rigorous scientific techniques in an area where little marine mammal research has taken place to document the new population."

Previously they had been known to be still living in the Mekong river and in areas of the Philippines and Indonesia.

A couple clips of the dolphins (not the ones in Bangladesh), AFTER THE JUMP...

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