dglobalnews.com Londoners protest against "unprecedented" anti-LGBT violence in Chechnya
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

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

Londoners protest against

According to federal law enforcement officials, the men who have been arrested are between the ages of 16 and 50, and were apprehended "in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such", The Huffington Post reported, citing Russian opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. "Homosexuals in Chechnya are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily".

We are keeping in touch with the LGBT network that helps people in Russian Federation to find shelter. Chechen activist Kheda Saratova, who is on Kadyrov's human rights council, dismissed the claims, saying she hasn't had "a single request" on the issue in a Russian radio interview cited by The Guardian.

Indeed, news of the Chechen concentration camps for gays follows a recent ban in Russian Federation making it illegal to distribute any images that depict President Vladimir Putin wearing makeup and implying he is gay.

Campaigners say that a secret prison, located in the town of Argun, is created to imprison and torture LGBT men, and murder those who refuse to leave the republic.

A spokesman for Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied the report by the newspaper, calling the article published on April 1st "absolute lies and disinformation".

Meanwhile, a number of leading human rights organizations have spoken out against the allegations.

That sounds like something the president of Iran has said: "We don't have any gays in Iran".

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The Russian LGBT Network has also confirmed the accounts.

This comes just a week after reports that 100 men suspected of homosexuality had been detained, tortured and three killed. "All the people arrested are homosexual men or perceived as being gay", she said, according to BBC. I hope ministers will be able to give an oral statement when parliament returns next week to update us on what the United Kingdom government's assessment of the situation is and what action will be taken against both Russian and Chechen leadership.

This is Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Reports emerged earlier this month that gay people are being targeted in the region, which is part of Russian Federation, but has substantial autonomy. "Nobody can detain or harass anyone who is simply not present in the republic", Alvi Karimov was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency.

The detainees face electric shock torture and violent beatings, while some of them have been held to ransom and used to extort their families.

"If there were such people in Chechnya", he said, "their relatives would send them somewhere from which there is no returning".

"The perpetrators of this malicious campaign must be held accountable for the systematic detention, torture and killings of innocent men in Chechnya", said Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International.

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