U.S. State Department Envoy Responds To Murders Of Gay Activists In Bangladesh07:00
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Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016. 
Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. (Rehman Asad/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends attend the funeral prayer of Bangladeshi activist Xulhaz Mannan in Dhaka on April 26, 2016. Two leading gay rights activists were hacked to death on April 25, at an apartment in Bangladesh's capital, police said, the latest deadly attack on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. (Rehman Asad/AFP/Getty Images)
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In Bangladesh, the gruesome murder of gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan has been claimed by a militant group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Randy Berry, the State Department’s first-ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, about his newly-created role and how the U.S. hopes to works with countries with different protections for LGBTI people.

To introduce and close the piece, we used the music of LGBT chorus Coro Allegro singing a piece written to honor Ugandan gay activist David Kato. Kato was murdered in 2011. You can listen to the full piece here.

Guest

  • Randy Berry, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. He tweets @RandyBerry.

This segment aired on April 29, 2016.

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