UKLGIG joins the international condemnation of acts in Chechnya.
UKLGIG is appalled by reports coming from the Russian Republic of Chechnya that approximately 100 gay and bisexual men or men perceived to be gay or bisexual, have been rounded up by local militia and authorities and detained in unofficial prisons. Multiple reports reveal the men were tortured and several have been murdered. Such a coordinated operation against a LGBTI population is unprecedented in recent times.
We welcome the international condemnation of these acts which now includes the OSCE and the UN human rights experts. The UN experts and OSCE statements come at a key moment for the safety of those in Chechnya and send a clear message that the Russian Federation needs to effectively protect the fundamental rights of LGBTI population.
We are deeply concerned about the well-being of those detained and the safety of the wider LGBTI community in Chechnya.
UKLGIG has for many years represented the interests of LGBTI refugees from all over the world. Sadly, persecution, often violent persecution, of LGBTI persons is common and widespread. However the situation in Chechnya is particularly grave as the local authorities have failed to even acknowledge the fact that the LGBTI community is being systemically and violently persecuted and implied that ill treatment of gay and bi sexual men is acceptable.
Bojana Asanovic, Chair of UKLGIG, said: ‘All of us at UKLGIG are shocked and deeply saddened by the reported events occurring in Chechnya. We invite the authorities of the Republic of Chechnya and the Russian Federation to ensure the release of the detained men, ensure no actions placing LGBTI community at risk take place and conduct an investigation into these events. We welcome the international condemnation of these abhorrent acts and call on the UK government to increase its efforts to ensure that the rights of the LGBTI community in Chechnya are protected.’
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https://www.amnesty.org.uk/ actions/stop-abducting-and- killing-gay-men-chechnya
UN human rights experts – Press Release
OSCE – Press Release