Call on Russia to investigate/stop the mass detention (and torture) of gay men in Chechnya
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Early reports emerged earlier this month that gay people are being targeted in the region, which is part of Russia but has substantial autonomy.
Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay men have been detained “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” as part of a purge. Several people were also reportedly feared dead following violent raids.
In a chilling response, a Chechen government spokesperson denied that there are any gay people to detain, insisting that “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic”. The Kremlin denied any knowledge of a purge.
But reports have since emerged that the men arrested are being kept in horrific concentration camp prisons, where violent abuse and torture is common.
This HAS to stop, and we request Mr Choi Kyong-lim (President of the United Nations Human Rights Council) takes an active role in seeing that this horrific treatment comes to the forefront of attention to all concerned, and that action is taken to make it stop as soon as humanly possible!
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