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Chechnya – persecution of LGBT people resumes

Stonewall is extremely concerned by recent reports that LGBT people are once again being subject to arrest, arbitrary detention and mistreatment in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

The Russian LGBT Network announced this week that after what appeared to be a brief break, the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya has resumed.

The challenging situation and the bleak conditions for LGBT people in Chechnya means that it is extremely difficult to obtain information and assess the scale of this latest crackdown.

Over 100 gay and bi men were targeted in the first wave earlier this year. Numerous accounts of torture and extrajudicial killings came to light, drawing shock and condemnation from the international community.

LGBT people caught up in this new wave of violence will be suffering a horrifyingly similar fate.

This renewed persecution comes despite the Russian authorities announcing it had opened an investigation into the atrocities.

Stonewall urgently ask the UK and other governments to urge the Russian authorities to:

  • Immediately halt the violence and unconditionally release those detained in Chechnya due to their perceived or actual status as LGBT people

  • Urgently investigate the reported killings, detention and torture of people in Chechnya due to their perceived or actual status as LGBT people and bring those responsible to justice

  • Publicly condemn in the strongest terms the reported killings, detention and torture of people in Chechnya due to their perceived or actual status as LGBT people

How can you support LGBT people facing atrocities in Chechnya?

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Since the purge began, the Russian LGBT Network has provided emergency support for LGBT people fleeing persecution in Chechnya. While the network has been working tirelessly to evacuate victims, many remain in the region at great risk.