Hundred Gay Men In Chechnya Detained In Concentration Camps

US UK and Germany call upon Russia to investigate ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya

US UK and Germany call upon Russia to investigate ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya

Over 100 gay men have been reportedly kidnapped, detained, tortured, and some murdered in concentration-like facilities in Chechnya. "Homosexuals in Chechnya are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it".

Russian Federation has a bad track record on LGBTQIA issues but hasn't gone to the extremes alleged about Chechnya.

The Russian LGBT Network, an LGBTQ rights group, collected testimonies from men who said they had been held in the camps recently.

This week, while in Moscow, Secretary Tillerson must raise this issue with the Russian government including the Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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The Economist also reports Chechen security forces are torturing suspected homosexuals in secret prisons.

Speaking to the New York Times, though, Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed the claims, and further denied that any gay people even exist within the region at all.

She said homophobia is widespread in Chechnya.

Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said "we are working to evacuate people", according to BBC.

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Held outside the Russian embassy at 5.30pm, the protest will be in response to the reports of 100 gay men detained in former military prisons. "We call on the Russian government to protect all people from discrimination and violence, and allow the free exercise of the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion or belief". Despite appeals to the Russian authorities to stop the abuses, no action has been taken said Popleyskaya. According to Metro, one man claims his friend was forced to out himself "on suspicion of homosexuality". "Filing an official complaint against local security officials is extremely unsafe, as retaliation by local authorities is practically inevitable".

The news of the round-ups comes on the heels of other reports of extreme violence and the detention of gay men. Reports suggest that the death toll may be higher as the regime under Ramzan Kadyrov is out for extrajudicial honour killings of gay men in its territory. I hope U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson is doing so while in Moscow today and I call on the United Kingdom government to mobilise the global community to say that such detentions, arrests, torture and murders are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Chechyna has opened the first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler, where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death.

In our Chechen society, any person who respects our traditions and culture will hunt down this kind of person without any help from authorities, and do everything to make sure that this kind of person does not exist in our society.

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"You can't detain and repress people who simply don't exist in the republic", he said, reports BBC.

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