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.

Join our call on the Russian and Chechen authorities to investigate these abductions and bring those responsible to justice.

Thank you!

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  Our Petition

Chairman of the Investigation Committee
Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin

Acting Head of the Investigation Committee for the Chechen Republic
Sergei Vasilievich Sokolov

I call on you to carry out prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya and to ensure that anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes will be brought to justice in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation.

Please take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of any individual who may be at risk in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation and to condemn in the strongest terms possible any discriminatory comments made by officials.

You must stand beside Russia’s international human rights obligation to prohibit discrimination and to investigate and prosecute hate crimes, the most invidious form of discrimination.

Yours sincerely,

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