The rally in memory of LGBT victims in Chechnya was held in Amsterdam (Netherlands) on the Homomonument on January 20, 2019.
LGBT World Beside is an organization founded by refugees who survived the “first wave” of LGBT persecution in Chechnya. We and our friends and relatives who remained in Russia are living witnesses of how the Chechen authorities tried purposely violate us.
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,there. We demand from the Russian authorities to end up persecution and physical violence against LGBT in Chechnya and effectively investigate all crimes of the past weeks.
We also appeal to the world community, to 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 Russian public has responded to the persecution and murder of gays and lesbians in the territory of the Chechen Republic. January 20 in the country began the campaign # saveLGBTinRussia. Pickets demanding to stop crimes against LGBT people, as well as to bring to justice all those involved in torture and murder were held in Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg. Georgia joined the campaign: in Batumi, they also came out in support of one of the most discriminated groups in Russia today.
“The reason for the campaign was the recent resumption of persecution, abduction, torture and murder of LGBT citizens in Chechnya.
This region of Russia, where, according to its leadership, LGBT people do not exist, is a vivid example of the genocide to which the silence of LGBT issues in Russia, the violation of human rights and impunity of crimes against LGBT people can lead ”- organizers of St. Petersburg pickets write from the group Alliance of heterosexuals and LGBT for equality.
According to public figures, in Nizhny Novgorod, unknown persons attacked an activist and tore up a poster. In other cities, fortunately, there were no incidents. The week of unified actions, during which any person can stand in a single picket or take a picture with a poster in support of LGBT people on the streets of their city and post photos with the hashtag #saveLGBTinRussia, started and will last until January 27th.
Photos and information provided by the “Alliance heterosexuals and LGBT for equality, together with regional LGBT initiatives.
The announcement of the search for “gay hunters” appeared in runet. We invite to cooperation “aggressive to LGBT” sports young people who own fighting equipment. For violence against a person of “wrong” orientation, the organizers of “geykhanterstvo” promise to pay up to 300 thousand rubles.
Informational announcement was published on a special site on January 19. It was created in 2014 and positions itself as an information resource of the Union of Homophobes of Russia, the CIS countries, Syria and Iran.
Among the tasks that “hunters” will have to perform are identifying members of sexual minorities, disrupting LGBT actions, fighting in gay clubs, and beating up gay people, setting up a base, transporting LGBT people to the Republic of Chechnya.
“Almost everything can be done except for the killings,” says the announcement, which is accompanied by a photograph of the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Those who are ready to open the hunt for “stinking homosexuals” are invited to send resumes by mail. For the fulfillment of the test task, the “gayhanters” promise to pay 10 thousand rubles, in the future the rates will increase, indicated on the website.
“Hunting for gays” is planned to start in the following regions: Stavropol Territory, Chechen Republic, Republic of Dagestan, Samara Region, Sverdlovsk Region, Republic of Bashkortostan, Tatarstan and Udmurtia, Chelyabinsk Region, Perm Region, Saratov and Orenburg Regions. In the future, it is also planned to open hunting in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Yaroslavl, Tula, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Ulyanovsk, Volgograd, Ryazan, Penza, Novy Urengoy, Omsk and Novosibirsk.
Earlier News.ru reported on the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. According to representatives of the Russian LGBT network, about 40 men and women of non-traditional sexual orientation were detained, two of them died in police departments.
We, LGBT World Beside, a non-profit organization that helps Russian-speaking LGBT asylum-seekers and separately prioritizes Chechen LGBT people. On January 19, 2019, we held an action of international solidarity with LGBT refugees from Chechnya. Thanks for supporting RUSALGBT and Voices4.
Frank Schwabe (SOC, Germany), rapporteur on the continuing need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus region, and Piet De Bruyn (NR, Belgium), General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people and former rapporteur on persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic (Russian Federation), today condemned the recent alleged attacks on the LGBTI community in Chechnya, during which two people were reportedly tortured to death and around forty detained by the authorities.
“Since the first such allegations came to light in 2017, the Assembly has called on the authorities to investigate the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic, bring to justice those responsible and ensure the safety of victims,” said Mr De Bruyn. “As stated in Resolution 2230 (2018), the Assembly condemns in the strongest terms all forms of persecution, hate speech, discrimination and harassment, on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity,” he underlined.
“These latest outrages underline the Chechen authorities’ contempt for even the most basic human rights and illustrate the barbaric lawlessness of their rule,” added Mr Schwabe. “The Russian federal authorities must take immediate, effective action to meet their constitutional and international obligations to secure the right to life, the prohibition on torture, the right to liberty and security and the right to an effective remedy, without discrimination on any ground, throughout the national territory. They must put an end to the impunity of the Kadyrov regime,” he concluded.