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Chechnya Reportedly Resumes Arresting Gay Men

Friday Jul 7, 2017

As President Donald Trump is urged to discuss the abuse towards gay men in Chechnya when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit this week, officials from the Russian territory have reportedly resumed arresting men suspected of being gay.

Enrique Torre Molina of All Out, what LGBTQ Nation calls a Russian hotline, says authorities in Chechnya are again arresting gay men. The news comes in a press release, citing "credible reports."

"People from Chechnya contacting the Russian LGBT Network hotline are reporting that arrests of gay men have resumed.

Nearly 100 days ago, news broke of Chechnya's anti-gay purge. Over 100 men were hunted down, arrested, imprisoned, and tortured by state authorities because they were believed to be gay. At least six were murdered. Others were returned to their families barely alive, with their captors encouraging relatives to carry out honor killings.

The Russian LGBT Network and All Out call on G20 leaders to demand that President Putin order a full and immediate end to the arrest of gay men in Chechnya. And that G20 leaders pressure President Putin to conduct a full, independent and impartial inquiry into the abuses that have already taken place."

Matt Beard, Executive Director of All Out added in an email obtained by LGBTQ Nation:

"Citizens from across the G20 nations have already come together in solidarity, signing petitions in their millions and donating generously to support survivors. It is now time for world leaders to step up to the plate and send Putin a firm and unequivocal message that human rights violations against the LGBT community in Chechnya must end immediately."

Earlier this year, it was reported authorities in Chechnya were targeting gay men by arresting them and holding them in so-called concentration camps. It was reported that a number of men died. But some of the men were able to escape and shared their ordeals with the media.

"My colleagues and I have seen first hand the pain and suffering of those who have survived the horror of illegal arrest and torture," said Igor Kochetkov of the Russian LGBT Network. "Russia is failing in its responsibility to allow its own citizens to live in safety and has also failed to hold anyone to account for the appalling abuses that have already taken place. We urge G20 leaders to stand on the right side of history and do their part to help protect innocent civilians in Chechnya."

[H/T New Now Next]


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