Chechen gay bears witness for the first time about the horror: ‘I Live yet? No idea’.

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Aslan has an asylum procedure walk in our country, but to live a normal life seemed to him still far off.‘First I have my own thoughts in order.” Image Damon De Backer.

Aslan was gewaterboard because he is gay.For the first time in Flemish media was demonstrated by a Chechenian about the witch-hunt his government on homosexuals has opened.‘I am on earth or in heaven? I have no idea.’

“The police arrested me on my work,” says Aslan. The Chechenian ran never with his homosexuality to purchase, but a so-called friend verklikte him in to the authorities. “On the citra I got from the chief of police, a donderpreek and some clapping in my face. in the Evening, I was blindfolded to a different place. I was in a dark, cold room dropped.”

Thus begins the story of the Chechen asylum seeker, that on the question of Flemish member of Parliament, Piet De Bruyn (N-VA) yesterday to the parliament has come to testify to the manhunt of Chechnya on gays.The parliamentary assembly has recently unanimously approved a resolution that the human rights violations in the autonomous Russian republic condemns.

The first reports of a ‘purification’ by the Chechen authorities began in april 2017.Meanwhile, according to human rights organisations, surely 140 men and women imprisoned because of their sexual orientation, or because they are suspected of being gay.At the beginning of this year, there was a large wave of arrests.

Five people were certainly the life, dozens are tortured. Also Aslan. “Up to three times per day, I was sent to a torture chamber. First, I received electric shocks administered, and later they asked about waterboarding. They tied a cloth over my face and poured water on, which I could no longer breathe. (with emotion) That image is forever on my retinas.”

Other victims of the Chechenian never seen or heard of, outside a few scream.“But after a few seconds, it was nipped in the bud.”If you call, we will take you to graze’, warned the guards.Now, a lot of what is there said is, I don’t remember more.During and after the torture, everything was blurry.”

Aslan thought he always was locked up, but thanks to his family, he was released.Sixteen kilos skinnier, he fled a few days later from Chechnya.He finds it hard to grasp that he is still alive: “I am on earth or in heaven?I have no idea.You say that I live, but people with my experience of life according to me not more.”

He indicates that he initially a lot of drinking.To forget.“My days consisted of drinking and sleeping, drinking and sleeping.Alcohol, I thankfully now banned.The days go by, but don’t ask me how.Usually I get to sleep, but I shoot at least three times awake.Last night I could not sleep, I was too nervous for this conversation.I trust no one, except a companion who I through the internet have come to know.He pressed me on the heart that Piet De Bruyn the best for us.Therefore I have agreed.”

De Bruyn (N-VA) was until January a General Reporter for the rights of the LGBT community to the Council Of Europe, an intergovernmental organisation whose aim is human rights protection.In June last year, was his report on Chechnya adopted in the Council of Europe.The consequences of that report continued to be limited, the organisation is a toothless tiger.

Nevertheless, the Flemish member of Parliament the situation in Chechnya closely and he has also had multiple victims meet: “Their story can not be stressed enough.Therefore, I have Aslan invited to my parliamentary colleagues about his ordeal to tell.”

According to De Bruyn the federal government in Russia more on his responsibilities disclaim.The spokesman of minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders (MR), counterbalances and says toThe Morning that he continually does: “The minister map the situation in any contact with his Russian counterpart.In February they talked about during the veiligheidsconferentie in Munich.Both within the EU and the UN, Belgium will have a proactive human rights policy, especially for the lgbt.”

“However, the Russians deny that there is a problem”, says De Bruyn.“There was one formal complaint filed by a victim, but a preliminary investigation that Russia started, was never finally completed.That there is but one formal complaint, it has everything to do with the fear that when the victims is to file a complaint.A fear that not only their own life but also that of their family.”

To his family to protect Aslan any more contact with them. In the future, which he is not: “That seems to me at this time is futile.”

The Chechenian has an asylum procedure walk. Under former secretary of state for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken (N-VA) had five gay men from Chechnya already has a visa. De Bruyn: “One returned under pressure from the family back home. The other four are now pretty well established.”

A settled life: Aslan can currently only dream of.“Or I hope to ever find love?That is currently the last of my worries.First I have my own thoughts in order, learn the language also.At this moment, I am living very isolated.I have barely any contact with people.A phone I do not have, a Instagram profile, certainly not.I go a lot of walking and try to forget.”

Aslan is a pseudonym.

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Every dollar, euro and pound you give will help evacuate LGBTI people in the most danger. And to pressure the Chechen authorities to stop this persecution.


The White Crow faced “hostility” from Russian authorities over gay scenes.

David Hare has spoken about the “hostility” The White Crow faced in Russia.

The new British biopic tells the story of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev (Oleg Ivenko), often referred to as Lord of the Dance, mapping his rise to prominence and eventual defection to the West after visiting Paris.

Speaking to Gay Times, screenwriter David Hare revealed that the film faced “hostility” from Russian authorities because of Nureyev’s sexuality, which is hinted at (though never directly spoken about) at several points in the film.

“We did encounter hostility on that subject from the Russian authorities. They were – and still are – very nervous of the film because of that,” he said when asked whether he felt the need to tone down the film’s queer content.

“Many Russians dislike the myth of Nureyev for two reasons. First of all, because he defected from the Soviet Union, so he’s chiefly known as someone who left the Soviet Union, and secondly because he was homosexual.

“There’s this huge blanket of silence about that subject in Russia, even today. So because of that, yeah, it is true that the Russian authorities would have preferred us not to include what we wanted to.

“But we just said that’s absolutely impossible, we have to be truthful about this man, you can’t pretend. So they have to live with it, really.”

The film stars professional ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko in his first film role as Nureyev, while BAFTA Award-winner Ralph Fiennes plays his teacher Alexander Pushkin, who Hare suggests had feelings for his student.

Speaking on the importance of representing Nureyev’s sexuality sensitively and accurately on screen, Fiennes – who also directs – says that they did the best with the little information about the dancer’s personal life they could find.

“It’s understood that his first gay intimate friendship was probably in Leningrad with a young East German dancer, it was a friendship as well as a love affair. We don’t know much about it but we included it in the film,” he explained.

“It is thought he probably lost his virginity to a woman, the wife of his teacher. No one can prove these things, but in all the research that we did, this is what emerged.

“Clearly, later in his life he was an unapologetically gay man, but where our story finishes with his defection, I think we are portraying a man who is learning who he is.

“He’s suddenly realising that he is an emerging gay man, having the confidence to reach for who he is, both as an artist and as a sexual human being.”


The speech in the Flemish Parliament. (04.04.2019)

The following are excerpts from our report to the Flemish Parliament.

“LGBT World Beside is an organization founded by refugees who survived the “first wave” of persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. We, our friends and relatives who remained in Russia, are living witnesses of how the Chechen authorities tried to rape them. Now that a new wave of persecution has begun in Chechnya, we are again afraid for ourselves and for the safety of our loved ones. We demand from the Russian authorities to put an end to the persecution and physical violence against LGBT people in Chechnya and to conduct an effective investigation of all the crimes of recent weeks. We also call on the world community, the authorities of democratic states that have signed the World Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Status of Refugees, not to refuse assistance to LGBT refugees from Chechnya, who literally have to choose between life and death.”

“The work of our organization is very important. LGBT World Beside – allows the world to find out what terrible tortures and murders occur in Chechnya, as well as conveying information for gays and lesbians of Chechnya, that they are normal and can live in society and benefit, that you can no longer hide and not be afraid, they can always Seek help in the civilized countries of Europe.”

The speech in the Flemish Parliament has just ended. The reason was the adoption of a resolution condemning the systematic persecution of gays and lesbians in Chechnya. LGBT World Beside spoke with delegations from various parties about the situation in Chechnya. Afterwards the delegation was received by Jan Peumans, chairman of parliament. On behalf of the Chechen refugees who came to the Flemish Parliament with us, we would like to thank Piet De Bruyn for the opportunity to tell our story.

Europe politicians slam Russia for failing to tackle gay purge in Chechnya.

Dozens of LGBTI people have been locked up and several murdered.

A protest in Berlin to stop the atrocities happening in Chechnya | Photo: Florian Flitzinger

Politicians in Europe have slammed Russia for failing to tackle the homophobic purge in Chechnya.

Hundreds of members of the LGBTI community in Chechnya have been detained, many of which have been tortured and even executed.

A ‘gay purge’, which began in 2016, has been taking place in Chechnya.

There is no sign of the purge slowing down or stopping anytime soon. Since December 2018, 40 more people have been detained and at least 2 more killed.

Due to Russia failing to slow down and end the purge in Chechnya, they have been met with outrage from politicians across Europe. The authorities in Chechnya have denied that ‘gay people exist’ in the area which has provoked an even bigger reaction against Russia.

Terry Reintke, co-chair of the LGBTI Intergroup said: ‘Not only do LGBTI people exist, but they have human rights just like everyone else. We will continue to fight so LGBTI people are safe in Chechnya and everyone else in the world.’

Many international institutions such as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the [Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe] have demanded an end to these human rights violations and condemned Chechnya’s actions.

Sophie in’t Veld, vice-president of the LGBTI Intergroup, demanded immediate action should be taken to stop this obvious violation of human rights and highlighted Russia’s wrong doings.

‘We cannot wait until more people are detained, tortured and killed,’ she said.

‘It is about time Russia listens to the multiple recommendations and requests from the international community.’

We’re inviting you to make a difference today by donating to the Chechyna Appeal.

Every dollar, euro and pound you give will help evacuate LGBTI people in the most danger. And to pressure the Chechen authorities to stop this persecution.


Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet.

BREAKING: Reports indicate at least 14 gay and transgender people have been randomly detained in the last 24 hours.

Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Aziz Karimov / supplied

Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet
BREAKING: Reports indicate at least 14 gay and transgender people have been randomly detained in the last 24 hours
Azerbaijan police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people through internet
Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Aziz Karimov / supplied
2 April 2019 11:15 BSTJames Besanvalle
Azerbaijan police in the country’s capital Baku are reportedly rounding up gay and transgender people and detaining them.

According to reports from unnamed LGBTI people in Baku, the random arrests started last night (1 April). Police later took the detainees to the Binagadi District Police Department.

One report claims police are trying to ‘hunt’ transgender people via the internet. Police allegedly deceived a transgender sex worker, inviting them to a hotel to provide sex services.

Upon the trans person’s arrival to the meeting place, ‘they pulled out handcuffs’ and took the trans person to the police station, according to local activists.

Brutality of Azerbaijan police in September 2017. | Photo: Jahangir Yousouf / supplied

A source told Gay Star News the number of detained people is already at 14.

‘I just got information that they were sentenced for 30 days of detention,’ the source revealed.

They then added: ‘We call on [the] EU, Council of Europe and UN Independent Experts to react immediately to avoid these numbers to increase.’

The reason for the detention is unknown. Although reports detail authorities fined some of the detainees under Article 510 of the Code on Administrative Offenses (small hooliganism).

More information to follow.

Similar reports of authorities in Azerbaijan randomly detaining LGBTI people emerged in September 2017.

Eyewitness reports at the time claimed authorities detained LGBTI people, beat, verbally abused and forced medical examinations on transgender people. Some reports even suggest authorities shaved the hair of transgender women.

One gay man told how authorities beat, electrocuted and detained him for nine days.

The man – known only as Xeyal – said authorities beat with a baton on the head, knees, and arms, as well as electric shocks to his head and body more than 30 times.

They also tortured Xeyal into revealing names of former sexual partners, as well as forced him to sign documents without reading them.

Azerbaijan is actually getting worse when it comes to LGBTI rights.

A ranking of 141 countries around the world found social attitudes to LGBTI people in Azerbaijan are declining, making it the worst performing country.

Although same-sex sexual activity is technically legal, Azerbaijan lags behind in anti-discrimination laws, parenting rights for same-sex couples, transgender rights and same-sex marriage.