Right now, men and women are being tortured to death for being gay.
At the end of 2018, Chechen authorities began to abduct members of LGBTI+ community, bringing them to a Government facility. As we were ringing in the New Year with our friends and family, they were being tortured as part of a "preventive mopping up" of people deemed undesirable.
At least two people have died as a result of the torture. Around 40 others are still in detention. Their lives are in jeopardy, we have to act fast.
Sign the petition and demand Russia takes immediate action to protect gay and lesbian people living in Chechnya.
Two years ago people leapt into action after reports of an anti-gay purge in Chechnya. And it started to work. There was a noticeable reduction in the abductions. But, no investigation occurred and no one was held responsible.
This lack of accountability has basically permitted the Chechen authorities to unleash a new wave of attacks. Together, we have to tell the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin to ensure the crackdown ends, an investigation occurs and justice is delivered.
When we raise our voices together we can stop this. We need to show him that we won’t be ignored and we won’t give up.
The LGBTI+ community in Chechnya needs you to raise your voice for them.
Witnesses of the 2017 purge describe men suspected of being gay being dragged away in front of their families and colleagues. For those eventually released, police have reportedly been encouraging families to kill their gay children and family members in honour killings.
One victim was told:
“You were brought here because you are faggots. You bring shame on our people; you shouldn’t exist. We will catch all of you. We will fight homosexuality in the Chechen Republic.”