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.
In Bulgaria, on January 12, 2019, at 19:00 (26, 6-ti Septemvri str., Sofia, Bulgaria), there will be a presentation of the documentary dance film #WAITINGFORCOLOR on the ongoing pursuit of LGBTQ + in Chechnya, in Armenia and in Bulgaria, in partnership with the Single Step Bulgaria and Gallery 2.0 Foundation. If you are in Sofia, join Kosta Karakashyan and Radoslav Stoyanov from the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, we will discuss the rights of LGBTQ + in Bulgaria, Chechnya and Western Europe, as well as the opportunity to donate to refugees from LGBTQ + seeking asylum in the Netherlands with LGBT World Beside.
For the first time in eight years, the For Human Rights Movement did not receive a presidential grant. The head of the human rights organization Lev Ponomarev informed about this on the air of “Echo of Moscow”.
“I was left without presidential grants for 2019,” said Ponomarev in the A-Team program. According to him, the grant was not issued because of the “bad application” and low expert ratings.
Ponomarev admitted that the organization could stop working: “In fact, the situation is such that it is necessary to stop.” The human rights activist noted that private investors had promised to help the movement. The organization does not receive foreign funding in order not to fall under the law on “foreign agents,” he added.
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Manoë, 27, will remember for a long time the bad night he spent Friday night in Knokke. He was assaulted by three individuals for his sexual orientation.
“On Friday night, I went out with friends to play billiards. The evening was going well and as always, I met a lot of people. We decided to have a drink with this new knowledge. Everything was going very well. Then I had to go back because it was late. These new acquaintances offered me to accompany me and I accepted,” explains Manoë. More…