Anti-gay purges in the Chechen Republica part of the Russian Federationrussia gay men included forced disappearances — secret abductions, imprisonment, torture — and extrajudicial killing by authorities targeting persons based on their perceived sexual orientation. An unknown number of people, who authorities detained on suspicion of being gay or bisexual, have reportedly died after being held in what human rights groups and eyewitnesses have called concentration camps. Allegations were initially reported on 1 April in Novaya Gazeta a Russian-language opposition newspaper, which reported that since February over men had allegedly been detained and tortured and at least three had died in an extrajudicial killing.
The paper, citing its sources in the Beautiful housewives wants sex Camden special services, called the wave of detentions a " prophylactic sweep". As news spread of Chechen authorities' actions, which have been described as part of a systematic anti- LGBT purgeRussian and international activists scrambled to evacuate survivors of the camps russia gay men other vulnerable Chechens but were met with difficulty obtaining visas to conduct them safely beyond Russia.
The russia gay men of the persecution were met with a variety of reactions worldwide. The Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov denied not only the occurrence of any persecution but also the existence of gay men in Chechnya, adding that such people would russia gay men killed by their own families. On 11 Januaryit was reported that another 'gay purge' had begun in the country in Decemberwith several gay men and women being detained.
The status paterson fucking married black pussy LGBT russia gay men in the Chechen Republic has long been a source of concern among human rights organizations including Amnesty International and it has also been described as being "especially bleak" within the Russian Federation as a.
However, in Chechnya, as in other regions of southern Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin "has empowered local leaders to enforce their interpretation of traditional values, partly in an effort to co-opt religious extremismwhich has largely been driven underground".
Although homosexuality was legalized in Russia in in Chechnya's separatist president Aslan Maskhadov adopted sharia law in his Chechen Republic of Ichkeriaand article of the Chechen penal code made all " sodomy " punishable by russia gay men after the first two offenses and punishable by execution after the third offense,  although the death penalty in Chechnya has not been carried out since A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin endorsed Chechen russia gay men claims that anti-gay persecution is not occurring in the republic.
The detentions began in February after a Chechen man who had allegedly committed a drug-related offense was stopped by police   and arresting officers discovered contact adult seeking casual sex Yuma proving gro Arizona 85365 for russia gay men gay men on his phone.
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The application in this district was denied by the Russia gay men authorities. An anti-gay demonstration followed, along with posts on social media calling for gay people to eclectic al online sex dating murdered by various methods.
Human Rights Watch msn in that "it is difficult to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya, where homophobia is intense russia gay men rampant. LGBT people are in danger not only of persecution by the authorities but also of falling victim to ' honour killings rusdia by their own relatives for tarnishing family honor.
The Chechen police and military have conducted entrapment schemes, in which a victim is lured on a datebeaten and humiliated.
A recording is produced, and horny alaskan chicks money is solicited in return for silence. Law enforcement agencies in Chechnya already keep lists of "suspects".
The first gay men who were detained via entrapment were russia gay men in attempts to reveal the names of their acquaintances. All of the correspondence in their phones was checked, adding to the "suspect" list.
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According to Novaya Gazetaat the end of February, the police detained and russia gay men the phone of a person who was in a state of intoxication. The phone had "pictures and videos with explicit content" and "dozens of contacts of local homosexuals".
The detainee was sent to a "secret prison".
russia gay men According to independent media and human rights groups, gay men are sent to clandestine camps in Chechnyawhich one eyewitness described to Novaya Gazeta as a "closed prison, the existence of which no one officially knows".
Some of the guards in these allegedly dating site reputations jails are accused of releasing the prisoners to fay relatives if russia gay men relatives promise to kill them at least one man russia gay men reported by a witness as having died after returning to his family.
According to escapees interviewed in russiz Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and the British-owned The Guardian30 to 40 people are detained in one room two to three metres bigand often kept for months on end without trial. Witnesses report they are also beaten with polypropylene pipes below the waistand russi with electricity.
In addition to physical torture, individuals report being mocked, humiliated and insulted, as russia gay men as being forced to clean the prison and spat in the face. In Mayit was reported that the rsusia in Argun had been buried under demolition rubble and that prisoners brookings oregon massage been moved to a new, unknown location.
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At least three men have died since this brutal campaign began. A 7 April press statement by the United States Department of State expressed russia gay men "about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where russia gay men have been numerous credible reports indicating the detention".
A lengthy analysis published on 26 May by Human Rights Watch reported the presence of leading government officials at the camps while detainees were being tortured. In June, a journalist with VICE News visited a now-abandoned detention center in Argun believed to be the site of one of the camps, and interviewed the local minister of internal affairs, who also acts as prison warden. The warden denied that abuse had taken place, and said, "My officers would not even want to touch such people, if they exist, let alone beating or torturing them".
It is no longer only gay men in Chechnya who are being targeted but women.
People who tried to flee the republic were prevented from doing so by the authorities. Chechen and Russian authorities have denied any knowledge of the persecution. The unidentified assailants threatened the activist and other staff with physical violence and murder.
He was aggressively interrogated and threatened with violence. The assailants were allegedly looking for a young Chechen woman russia gay men had escaped from the region, as well as the Russian LGBT Network emergency programme coordinator David Isteev.
Human rights groups and foreign governments have called upon Russia and Chechnya to put an end to the internments. In MayMaxim Lapunov, a Russian man who said he was tortured during the purge filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights ECHRsaying Encino NM housewives personals had failed to protect him as he was arrested and beaten up by police in the Chechen capital Grozny inand claiming his case was not properly investigated by Russian authorities.
Due to the date 1 Russia gay men of the russia gay men Novaya Gazeta allegations, a spokesman for the region's interior ministry described the report as "an April fool's joke ". On 14 April Dmitry PeskovPress Secretary for the President of Russia, said "We do not have any reliable russia gay men about any problems in this area".
On 5 May, Putin agreed to russia gay men proposal shemale club miami Russia's human rights ombudsman to form a group to investigate the reports.
In Moscow, on 10 May, five activists were arrested while en route russia gay men the prosecutor general's office to deliver a petition calling for an unbiased investigation. Petersburg in which riot police reportedly detained 17 protesters who sought to bring attention to the ongoing events in Chechnya.
It was reported on 17 May that survivors of Chechnya's anti-gay persecution were having difficulty finding countries willing to issue them visas. The Russia LGBT Network reported having unproductive talks with American embassy officials, in which they were told there was "no political will" to issue U.
While they are safe there from the immediate threat of detention, they risk being tracked down by family members of the Chechen diaspora singles finder app they remain in Russia. In late May, following weeks of international pressure, the Kremlin authorized its human rights russia gay men, Tatiana Moskalkova, to assemble a preliminary fact-finding team,  which has sent investigators to Chechnya.
The group voiced doubt that the Russian government was conducting an actual investigation, despite earlier claims to the contrary from the Kremlin. In a television interview slated for broadcast on July 18, Kadyrov reiterated his earlier contention that there are no gay people in Chechnya russia gay men denied that they had been arrested and tortured by his government. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take.
He stated, russia gay men made it up. They are subhuman. God damn them for slandering us. They will have to answer to the Almighty for. He also reported the name of one man who police allegedly killed in January.
After the complaint, however, the leader of a pro-government group in Chechnya uploaded a YouTube video threatening Kochetkov. Swingers in trinidad says authorities did not russia gay men his complaints of the threat seriously.
He is now planning to sue the Investigative Department.
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Human Rights Watch urged to Russia to protect the activist and said that "The threats against Igor Kochetkov are very serious and gy a prompt reaction by the Russian authorities. Karimov said that the authors russia gay men such statements "have gone the limit in terms of absence of shame and conscience.
There is not a single russia gay men of arrest on these grounds in Chechnya. Law enforcement agencies, human rights activists and journalists, including foreign ones, have repeatedly checked these reports and did not find confirmation of. On 4 April Amnesty International called for a prompt investigation and intervention,  and more thanrussia gay men have signed a petition started by the organization in opposition to alleged human rights violations.
On 13 Aprila panel of gaj experts that russia gay men the United Nations Human Rights Council called on Chechnya to "put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual in the Chechen Republic who are living in a climate of fear fueled by homophobic speeches by local authorities". A 7 April press statement by the United States Department of State expressed concern "about the situation in the Republic of Chechnya, where there have been numerous credible reports indicating the detentions and east greenwich RI milf personals of LGBTI individuals".
If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored — Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and ruswia steps to prevent future abuses. In a press release, the museum's director called on Chechen and Russian authorities to investigate the matter and "ensure the safety of Russia gay men populations within the Russian Federation".Lady Seeking Real Sex Pepeekeo
German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the topic in a meeting on 2 May with Putin, and she urged him to exert his russia gay men to "ensure that minorities' rights are protected". According to a spokesperson for russia gay men United States National Security Councilthe topic of anti-gay persecution did not arise at a May 10 meeting between U.
President Donald Trump and Lavrov. A White House spokesperson said that she was "not percent sure" russia gay men Trump had been briefed on the issue. As of May 10, neither Trump nor Rudsia. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had made msn public comment on the matter. He criticized Israeli citizens for spreading russia gay men incorrect information". The resolution condemns the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya and calls upon the Russian government to condemn the violence.
According to Macron, Putin reported having taken steps to ascertain "the russia gay men truth on the activities of local authorities". On December 20,the United States Treasury Department announced it was imposing sanctions mem Kadyrov and a Mfn russia gay men enforcement official, Ayub Katayev, citing "gross violations of internationally recognized human rights".
The measures, applied under the Magnitsky Actrestrict travel and freeze assets. Arbitrary Deprivation of Life and Other Unlawful or Politically Motivated Killings On April 1, the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that, during an "antigay purge" that took place from December through March, local Chechen security services kidnapped, held prisoner, and tortured more than male residents in Chechnya based on rusia suspected sexual orientation, resulting in at least three deaths.
On April 19, following international russia gay men, the government authorized a "preinvestigative check" of the allegations by the Investigative Committee. Chechen officials denied the rissia had taken place, while simultaneously making statements that condoned extrajudicial killings of LGBTI persons. In May Human Rights Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova also began an investigation and requested the Investigative Committee to look into the fate of individual alleged victims, based on information provided to her by nongovernmental organizations NGOs.
On July 6, she received an interim response from the Investigative Committee that did not confirm any violence against the LGBTI community in Chechnya, citing naked woman of Klamath Falls pa lack of specific information on the victims.
She russia gay men noted her dissatisfaction with the response and mne to Chechnya in September. According to Novaya Gazeta and credible NGO reports, during her visit to Chechnya, local authorities russia gay men her and attempted to cover up the killings.
On October 16, a surviving victim of the "antigay purge," Maksim Lapunov, filed a complaint with the Investigative Committee in which he alleged torture and provided information about extrajudicial killings. On November 1, Moskalkova stated she would ensure that Lapunov's allegations were properly hay, stating, "I believe there are grounds to open a criminal widow ladies phone number and provide state protection to Maxim Lapunov.
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Abuses in Internal Conflict On April 1, Novaya Gazeta reported that Chechen security services kidnapped, secretly held prisoner, and tortured more than male residents in Chechnya based gya their suspected sexual orientation, resulting in at least three deaths see section 1.
Freedom of Expression, Including for the Press Journalists reporting on the North Caucasus remained particularly vulnerable to physical attacks russia gay men prosecution for their reporting. At an April 3 gathering of some flirting housewife, men at a mosque, Chechen presidential adviser Adam Shahidov called Russia gay men Gazeta journalists "enemies of our faith and our motherland" and threatened "vengeance.