Gay men detained, tortured in 'concentration camps' in Chechnya

Posted April 13, 2017

"Concentration camps" for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed due to their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported.

"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.

Russian Federation has a terrible track record on LGBTQIA issues but hasn't gone to the extremes alleged about Chechnya.

At least 100 men remain in detention and a growing number of survivors are making use of the hotline set up by the Russian LGBT Network for practical help in escaping the region.

President Ramzan Kadyrov, above with the gun, "who is a key ally of Vladimir Putin, allegedly ordered the clampdown, "Daily Mail reports".

MP Sheri Benson asked the Liberals on April 7 to formally condemn the reported "torture, humiliation and abuse".

A spokesman for Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov denied the allegations, claiming that gay people don't exist in the region.

Not only is this absolutely horrific from a human rights perspective, but the sweeping authority to round up anyone "suspect" appears to give Chechen leaders carte blanche to attack and detain whoever the hell they want.

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Taking into account the recent statements of the Chechnya officials, we believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation.

According to the UK's Metro News, LGBT rights activists are mounting an effort to evacuate the captured men from the camps, where the majority-Muslim region is said to be forcing homosexuals to promise to leave the republic.

A shocking investigation has revealed that 100 gay men have been kidnapped and detained in the world's first concentration camp for LGBT people since Nazi Germany. "All the people arrested are homosexual men or perceived as being gay", she said.

"More government action across the EU needs to be taken immediately to stop these atrocities", said Steve Taylor, communications director of European Pride Organisers Association. "Filing an official complaint against local security officials is extremely risky, as retaliation by local authorities is practically inevitable".

Reports emerged earlier this month that gay people are being targeted in the region, which is part of Russian Federation, but has substantial autonomy.

"You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Karimov said.

Another former inmate has said he was beaten to force them to name other members of the LGBTI community, including being electrocuted in a "homemade electric chair". He even added that "if there were people like this in Chechnya, the authorities would not have to do this because their families would send them to a place from which they would not return".