Newspaper that revealed torture, killing of gays in Chechnya receives threats

Newspaper that revealed torture, killing of gays in Chechnya receives threats

Newspaper that revealed torture, killing of gays in Chechnya receives threats

The Guardian reported that the Chechen authorities used the tactic of blackmailing queer men into working to identify and out other queer men in return for the police not telling their families.

The Trump administration, which on April 7 expressed concern about the reports of gay persecution in Chechnya and urged Russian authorities to investigate, should "advance human rights for everyone by raising this issue directly with Russia's leaders", Biden said.

Novaya Gazeta referred to a large gathering in Chechnya's main mosque earlier this week which threatened those reporting the story with "reprisals".

'I would say to you wake up and please stop this bad persecution because gay people are part of humanity and what you're doing is condoning crimes against humanity'. "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Alvi Karimov said to Interfax. They also argued that there were no gay men in Chechnya.

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People protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017.

"These guys need to get out", said Kyle Knight, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, in an interview Sunday.

Russian authorities have largely taken a hands-off approach, though Chechnya is technically under Kremlin rule. In 2013, a law criminalized giving minors materials promoting "nontraditional" sexual relationships - a statute that has been used to justify the arrests of gay rights activists.

Kadyrov is a close Putin ally. Russian authorities should unequivocally condemn the threats, investigate them, and ensure that journalists are protected from harm.

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It doesn't seem that the Chechen clerics are so offended at the idea that the paper would allege these horrific abuses against gay men, but more so that there were gay men in the republic at all.

We want our gay brothers in Russian Federation, and other victims of hate activity throughout the world, to know that they are not alone - that many Americans are standing with them in these tense times.

It will be hard in the coming weeks for Novaya Gazeta or any independent arm of the press to find evidence of these camps in Chechnya.

Shevchuk believes that Novaya Gazeta is engaged in the struggle for the constitutional rights of citizens, "whoever they are, and in whatever regions these rights are violated".

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According to a report from Al Jazeera, journalists who run afoul of Chechnya's strongman leader Kadyrov end up imprisoned, humiliated on TV, beaten, or killed. The abusive campaign has drawn condemnation from the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Union, the United States, and many other countries. For the homosexuals in Chechnya the latter may be the most important as justice and truth are distant prospects; survival is the real goal.

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