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Stonewall statement on alarming situation in Chechnya

  • LGBT individuals in Russian republic of Chechnya face new wave of persecution

  • Stonewall calls for an immediate end to the violence

  • Russian LGBT Network say there is no time to lose

Sara Hall, Head of International Campaigns and Policy at Stonewall, said: ‘Stonewall is extremely concerned by a new wave of persecution of LGBT individuals in the Russian republic of Chechnya. This is a grave situation. The Russian LGBT network have confirmed the outbreak of violence, including reports of two deaths from torture.

‘Stonewall strongly condemns this violence. We are calling for the Russian authorities to end this persecution immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice. We are also calling for torture survivors to be offered sanctuary in the UK.

‘This new wave of violence comes after the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) expert mission found overwhelming evidence of serious violations of the rights of LGBTI people in Chechnya. The OSCE have called for a special investigative committee to be set up among many other recommendations.

‘We will continue to lobby the UK government and stay in touch with contacts on the ground in Russia, colleagues in the international LGBT movement and other human rights organisations to monitor the situation, and offer any support we can.’

Mikhail Tumasov, Chair of the Russian LGBT Network, said: ‘I call on everyone to stand against the violence in Chechnya and do it right now, there is no time to lose.’