As part of our General Election manifesto, we are asking candidates to respond strongly, quickly and effectively where LGBT people face violence or persecution abroad.
The atrocities in Chechnya prove why standing up for LGBT people in other countries is absolutely vital. Gay and bi men have been abducted, detained, tortured and killed.
Some survivors managed to get out of Chechnya but remain in danger and in hiding in other parts of Russia.
People all over the world are still suffering and even dying because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Those helping them, like the Russian LGBT network, are desperately hoping that other countries will help them find safety and sanctuary elsewhere.
International pressure has helped open an investigation into the goings on in Chechnya. But there is still a lack of transparency around how it is being handled.
And just last week, five LGBT activists were detained in Moscow when attempting to deliver a petition with over two million signatures to the Russian authorities. The activists have been released but are due in court on 29 May.
Svetlana Zakharova from the Russian LGBT network told us:
“People all over the world are still suffering and even dying because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, like in Chechnya. We ask everyone to remember that our joint fight for equal rights for everyone is not over. “
It is vital that the next UK government commits to putting the rights of LGBT people at the heart of the government’s agenda when working with other countries.
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