Over a hundred men suspected of being gay have reportedly been abducted, tortured and even killed in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.
We need your help to call out the Chechen authorities for persecuting people they call of ‘non-traditional orientation’, and urge immediate action to ensure these men are safe.
The Chechen authorities won’t even acknowledge that gay men even exist in Chechnya, let alone admit that they ordered what the police call ‘preventive mopping up’ of people they deem undesirable.
The issue came to light when the independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, reported that up to 100 men suspected of being gay have been abducted as part of a coordinated campaign. It claims the men have been tortured and otherwise ill-treated, and three are reported to have been killed by their captors – but there could be more.
Even though some men have reportedly been released – possibly because their captors were unable to verify their sexual orientation – they remain in grave danger because of local homophobia and intolerance.
This situation has spiraled even further out of control, as journalists at the newspaper are now receiving serious threats for shining light on the issue. We need you to help put a stop to this.