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Chechnya gay concentration camp horror

15 April 2017

The hotline was established in late February when reports surfaced of a targeted crackdown by law enforcement on men who were believed to be gay or bisexual, according to NBC News.

According to various reports in the world, at least 100 homosexual men have been rounded up in Chechnya and are being held at a former military camp.

Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov, dismissed the claims as "absolute lies and disinformation", The Huffington Post noted.

Reports of widespread persecution of homosexual citizens, including beatings, torture, and jailing them in concentration camps have emerged.

Some men have escaped the region, and have told reporters that they were beaten into revealing the identities of others in the LGBT community.

In a statement, Baroness Anelay, a foreign office minister, called on Russian authorities to investigation the mass detention of gay men and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.

She said the LGBT Network, based in St Petersburg, was aware of "an organised campaign to detain gay men" in Chechnya.

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In a statement, the Russiam Programme Director of Human Rights Watch Tanya Lokshina said: "It is hard to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya, where homophobia is intense and rampant". It remains unclear whether he will discuss the arrest of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya while in the Russian capital.

The Russian LGBT Network issued a strongly-worded (yet fear-filled) statement in response to the reports of kidnapping and detentions.

The Chechen government won't admit that gay men even exist in Chechnya, let alone that they ordered what the police call "preventive mopping up" of people they consider to be undesirable.

At least three homosexuals have been killed, it also notes, adding, "Our sources say that there are many more victims".

Reportedly, the press secretary for the head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, had construed the reports as fake saying that there were no gay people in Chechnya.

"When there are people elsewhere who are not afforded the same rights as we are, it's important that we stand up for them", Steve Taylor, the protest's organizer and a campaigner for LGBTQ rights, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The sweep of arrests was prompted by a gay rights groups, GayRussia.ru, applying for rights to celebrate a Pride parade- rights which, unsurprisingly, were immediately denied, and met with severe authoritative backlash.

Chechnya gay concentration camp horror