People in Chechnya are being attacked for being who they are. They’re being tortured for who they love. They’re being killed because they’re LGBTI or are believed to be LGBTI.
This would be shocking enough if it was happening for the first time. But this is just the latest wave of persecution faced by LGBTI people in Chechnya.
The crackdown on LGBTI people was reported by the Russian LGBT Network in 2017. They urged other countries, including the UK, to start an investigation into the attacks, a call supported by Stonewall.
Russia ignored every request for more details, prompting the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to invoke the Moscow Mechanism and launch an independent investigation last November.
They found overwhelming evidence of torture, illegal detention and extrajudicial killings against people based on their (perceived) sexual orientation or gender identity.
I call on everyone to stand against the violence in Chechnya right now. There is no time to lose.
I call on everyone to stand against the violence in Chechnya right now. There is no time to lose." Mikhail Tumasov, Chair of the Russian LGBT Network
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The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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