U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley should condemn Chechen attacks on LGBTQ men
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Chechnya: Stop Abducting and Killing Gay Men
According to an Amnesty International Report:
Men believed to be gay are being abducted, tortured or even killed in Chechnya as part of a coordinated campaign with impunity.
On 1 April, the Russian independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported that over a hundred of men believed to be gay have been abducted in recent days, as part of a coordinated campaign. The men were
reportedly tortured and otherwise ill-treated, and forced to disclose other LGBT individuals known to them. Novaya Gazeta claimed to have verified information about at least three men who had been killed by their captors, but its sources claim that there have been many more killings.
There are reports that some of the abducted men have since been returned to their families, possibly because their sexual orientation was not confirmed by their captors. However, they remain in grave danger because of local homophobic intolerance. Members of the NGO Russian LGBTI network have confirmed this information, and have created a hotline offering help to those who may be looking for safety outside the region. Reactions from Chechen officials to this information has varied from denial (for instance, by Alvi Karimov, the Press Secretary of the Head of the Republic), to dismissing it as joke, to further thinly veiled threats. On 3 April the press secretary of the Russian Presidential Administration, Dimitry Peskov, announced that the Ministry of Interior were “checking information about the alleged persecution of men of non-traditional orientation”.
GLAAD – the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, called on Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, to condemn the attacks on LGBTQ men by the Chechen government and investigate reports of possible imprisonment of LGBTQ people in concentration camps because of their perceived sexual orientation.
GLAAD’s call to action follows reports which surfaced last week that more than 100 LGBTQ men are being detained in Russian-controlled Chechnya because of their perceived sexual orientation, with three men allegedly being killed. Yesterday, international media outlets including the International Business Times released disturbing stories around two concentration camp-style prisons where the men are forced to endure many forms of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of government officials including electrocution and violent beatings. Some are reportedly being held from their families at ransom.
“It is beyond horrific for a country to proactively target, arrest, and abuse LGBTQ people,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President, and CEO of GLAAD. “U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley must condemn this humanitarian crisis. As the leader of the free world, we can’t watch in silence as the world slips back to an era we should never go back to.”
On Saturday, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed a story already circulating among human rights activists: The Chechen authorities were arresting and killing gay men."
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