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11    Death of Mr Xulhaz Mannan

Senator Simms, also on behalf of Senator Smith, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1163—That the Senate—

    (a)   offers its deepest condolences to the family of Mr Xulhaz Mannan, who was violently killed in Bangladesh in April 2016;

    (b)   recognises the immense contribution Mr Mannan made to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community in Bangladesh, which included founding Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s only LGBTI magazine;

     (c)   notes that same-sex sexual relations are criminalised in Bangladesh which may result in LGBTI people being forced into exile; and

    (d)   calls on the Government to continue to advocate for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Bangladesh and throughout the world.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.