Chechnya ‘Genocide’
By admin May 19, 2017

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Chechnya leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has been accused for carrying out genocide against gay individuals, called out as a “wave of persecution.” In a specific case when a teenager was reportedly thrown out of a window on the ninth-floor after his uncle discovered he was gay. Etienne Deshoulieres, a lawyer who supports three gay rights groups, described the Chechen leader, Kadyrov, as “the organiser of torture camps with the desire to exterminate homosexuals.”

Apparently over 100 men suspected of being gay were gathered by authorities in the majority Muslim republic and tortured last month, with three of the men killed. A Chechen official called the reports “absolute lies and disinformation” and making a statement that gay individuals weren’t even inhabiting the area. Furthermore, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has backed these denials that the gay men are being detained, tortured, and killed. One man explained to CNN that people backing Kadyrov had “beaten him with their fists and feet to try and get names of other gay men from him.”

Most recently, LGBT activists have attempted to raise awareness about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. The activists were lying on the road pretending to be dead with fake blood across their faces and rainbow and Chechen flags during a May Day march in St. Petersburg, Russia. Officers arrested the protesters. Since the federal anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law in June 2013, many LGBT people have been “attacked and harassed across Russia.” This law “effectively legalised discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second-class citizens.”

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the reports cannot be ignored and she was “disturbed” by allegations from the Chechen leader’s officials. Haley stated that “we are against all forms of discrimination…when left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilisation and conflict.” Novaya Gazeta has found police detaining individuals and seeking their relatives who had “outed them” to carry out “honour killings.”

The petition carried out by the activists was signed “by more than two million people around the world, more than the entire population of the Chechen republic.” They also carried a USB stick with the signatures from the petition. The activists ultimately wanting “an unbiased investigation of illegal detentions of hundreds of people in Chechnya because of their homosexuality.” The United Nations spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, responded to this chaos that “it’s clear from the Secretary-General’s point of view that no one should be persecuted for perceived reasons of sexual orientation or who they may love.” Indeed, minister of state for the Foreign Office, Sir Alan Duncan, spoke out in Parliament on the alleged plans to “eliminate” the gay community by the start of Ramadan, May 26.

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