15 OSCE countries use the Vienna Mechanism in the struggle for human rights in Chechnya. August 30, 2018 was the speech of the Permanent Representative of Canada to the OSCE Natasha Cayer
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Hello everyone! I want to share with you my photos from the gay parade in Antwerp, Belgium.
We managed to participate in this event by our team. We managed to recall the abuses and murders in Chechnya and Russia.
A lot of work is ahead of us, and now we are just happy.
We are grateful to everyone who came to the gay parade, thanks to those who supported us.
Today is the day of the abduction of Zelim Bakayev 08.08.2018. Exactly one year ago he was kidnapped in Chechnya. We held a rally near the Embassy of Russia (66 Avenue De Fré, 1180 Uccle).
We invited a lot of people, but only three people could come to the embassy and Piet De Bruyn. The rest are afraid. They have a fear of preserving their family, which lives in Russia.
The issue of LGBT Chechens remains open, many continue to be tortured and killed. By our rally, we demand an open investigation into the abduction of Zelim Bakaev and kidnapping of other people in Chechnya and Russia.
We demand the resolution of an international independent investigation by an international human rights organization. We do not forget and see what is happening in Chechnya. The embassy of Russia is ashamed for the disappearance of Zelim Bakaev. We were not allowed to approach the fence of the Russian Embassy.
The Russian authorities are afraid that the whole world will learn the truth about the ill-treatment of LGBT people throughout Russia. We want to thank honest and strong people, all those who support the first “LGBT World Beside” organization for working with LGBT refugees from Chechnya and Russia: the police of Belgium, Piet De Bruyn, Voices4 and RUSALGBT. Thank you for the opportunity to spend a day of memory on different continents. Together we will succeed.
There was an event that we had been waiting for. We congratulate you on the successful LGBT parade. Let the future week be the point of starting new affairs and organizing new events that will help many gays feel protected.
Our team is the first Russian-speaking organization in Europe, actively participated in the gay parade. We prepared as best we could, gathered a large group of girls and guys, we arranged a demonstration meeting on a bridge in Amsterdam, where boats sailed below.
We were photographed by journalists and ordinary people, they greeted us by the hand and wished us a lot of strength, supported us with kind words and asked different questions. It was great that people remember and know about the attitude towards gays in Chechnya and Russia.
We received a great positive energy boost for our future projects. We know that we need this world. We regret that not all participants of our group can attend the photo, as they are afraid for their family left in Chechnya and Russia. Thanks for the support of Voices4 and RUSALGBT.