Gay men are being held in concentration camp prisons in Chechnya

Posted April 13, 2017

Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper known for its criticism of the Russian government, reports inmates are killed or forced to promise to leave the republic.

"Homosexuals in Chechnya are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it", Alexander Artemyev from Amnesty International in Russian Federation told Daily Mail.

Waheed also added that the Russian LGBT Network has received numerous requests for help in the past few weeks, as they try to evacuate gay men at risk in the area to safety. On Tuesday, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), urged Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to condemn the supposed attacks and investigate the Chechen government's alleged humanitarian crisis.

President Razman Kadyrov - an ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin - is the one who ordered the clampdown.

LGBT Network submitted reports about the crackdown to the Russian prosecutor-general's office, the Federal Investigative Committee (SK) and federal commissioner for human rights.

"You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Kadyrov spokesman Alvi Karimov told the Russian news agency Interfax.

"Homophobia is nothing new in Chechnya", she said.

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"In Chechnya", said Karimov (link in Russian), "[men] lead a healthy lifestyle, play sports, and they have only one orientation, which is determined from the moment of the creation".

'In order to get the confession, they beat him with a hose and tortured with electricity. Despite appeals to the Russian authorities to stop the abuses, no action has been taken said Popleyskaya.

Recent reports claim an estimated 100 gay men have been rounded up and put into "concentration camps" with some believed to have been killed.

He said: 'He was detained by some security officials on suspicion of homosexuality. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings. "In his confirmation hearings, [Tillerson] responded to a question on the human rights of LGBTQ people by noting that 'American values don't accommodate violence or discrimination against anyone, '" advocacy counsel Shawn Gaylord said in a statement to The Huffington Post.

Seymour said comments by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov that gay people don't exist were ludicrous and risky. "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Alvi Karimov said to Interfax.

Ramzan Kadyrov says that, if gay men did indeed exist in Chechnya, authorities would not have to worry about them because their families would already be so ashamed of their sexual orientation that these individuals would thus be banished from the area by their relatives, and told never to return again.

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