Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Londoners protest against 'unprecedented' anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya

Londoners protest against 'unprecedented' anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya

"In Chechnya, the command was given for a "prophylactic sweep" and it went as far as real murders", independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta claimed. "Homosexuals in Chechnya are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily".

"The human rights situation for LGBT people in Russia has deteriorated significantly in recent years and we continue to voice our serious concern with Russian authorities at all levels", Anelay said.

The action encourages people to write in Russian or your own language to Chairman of the Investigation Committee and Acting Head of the Investigation Committee for the Chechen Republic.

The mainly Muslim region of Chechnya is run by Kadyrov, an authoritarian leader with strong links to Russian President Vladimir Putin and who controls a notorious private army.

Reports of widespread persecution of homosexual citizens, including beatings, torture, and jailing them in concentration camps have emerged.

"You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Alvi Karimov, Kadyrov's press secretary, said.

But human rights organizations are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to do more, and to address the issue in his meeting with Russian officials in Moscow on Wednesday.

"The stories we are hearing from Chechnya are deeply disturbing", said Green Party MP Jan Logie.

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

"More government action across the EU needs to be taken immediately to stop these atrocities", said Steve Taylor, communications director of European Pride Organisers Association.

The LGBT Network filed complaints with Russia's prosecutor-general, commissioner for human rights, and the Federal Investigative Committee, according to the BBC. When the government of Egypt arrested at least 150 gay men in 2014, many were put on public trial, and due to global outrage and pressure, 26 were actually acquitted the following year. He was detained by some security officials on suspicion of homosexuality.

The news of the round-ups comes on the heels of other reports of extreme violence and the detention of gay men.

"You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Karimov said.

"If there were such people in Chechnya", he said, "their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning". The homosexual alleged prisoners also claimed they had been subjected to electrical current torture and forced to sit on bottle while being questioned by Chechen guards.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Campaign calls the detention camps "not only a crime against the LGBTQ community, but a crime against humanity".

Speaking on behalf of the Chechen leader, Ali Karimov, told RIA Novosti: 'It is impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic'.

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