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Chechen Muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the main mosque in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslims' holy fasting month of Ramadan.
We live in a world where gay people are being rounded up, detained, tortured, harassed, kidnapped and most likely killed on Europe's doorstep, with Chechnya's autocratic leader facing little more than a rap on the knuckles from Russian president ...
In recent times, activists have observed in horror evidence of the persecution of gay men in Chechnya. But the threat to the LGBTQ community in the country did not emerge overnight.
Vice News says it is the first international news organisation to have gained access to a Chechnyan prison where it is alleged gay men were rounded up and tortured as part of an "Anti-Gay purge" in the country.
If you missed it when it aired earlier this week on HBO, you can now see (for free on YouTube) the Vice News segment about how gay men were allegedly tortured at Argun prison in Chechnya. The officials deny it, of course - one honcho, named Kataev, ...
The warden of a Chechen prison alleged to be one of the locations where gay men were detained and tortured by police has claimed his officers would "not ...
News on Chechnya has gotten pretty scarce in the past few weeks. Most of what we're hearing is stuff about different countries taking in gay refuges.
All eyes turned to Chechnya in early April, after the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta exposed the kidnapping, unlawful detention, and torture of more than 100 gay men by the Chechen authorities.
News on Chechnya has gotten pretty scarce in the past few weeks. Most of what we're hearing is stuff about different countries taking in gay refuges.
In Chechnya, a country where homophobia is widespread and encouraged, gay men face a host of brutal punishments and persecution. Following an attempt by ...
For months, we had nothing but bad news coming out of Chechnya, the semi-autonomous state in southwest Russia, where authorities carried out a brutal, months-long campaign of kidnapping, imprisoning, torturing and killing LGBTQ people.
Chechnya is a semi-autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation passed a law in 2013 banning "propaganda of homosexuality among minors," a law restricting human rights and which has fuelled homophobia.
During recent meetings with Russian officials over the past weeks, Secretary of State admitted during a senate hearing that he has not brought up the reported gay purge being perpetrated by the Chechen government.
Two men from Chechnya have told Reuters they were detained by police and subjected to torture and beatings because they were gay, which is considered a ...
Investigator of the Staropromyslovsky police department Okuev forces Murad Amriev to repent, that is, to admit his guilt, Novaya Gazeta reports.
Federal senators have joined forces to support a motion calling for stronger international action against the persecution of LGBTI people in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The motion, put forward by Liberal Senator Dean Smith and Labor Senator Penny ...
At an unmarked apartment building in Moscow, there's a notice taped to a large metal door with a list of tenants who haven't paid their rent.
LGBT rights have been steadily improving around the world, but sadly such progress is not linear, nor global, and nothing highlights that more than the shocking persecution of gay men in Chechnya. Without the same media freedoms enjoyed elsewhere, ...
Moscow (Reuters) - Two men from Chechnya have told Reuters they were detained by police and subjected to torture and beatings because they were gay, which is considered a crime by some in their deeply conservative region of Russia.
Moscow - Two men from Chechnya have told Reuters they were detained by police and subjected to torture and beatings because they were gay, which is considered a crime by some in their deeply conservative region of Russia.
Russian president Vladimir Putin has accused the U.S. of supporting the most violent insurgency in post-Soviet Russia, during an interview with American director Oliver Stone.
By CONNOR DUFFEY| Recently, disturbing news reports have emerged of kidnappings that lead to torture and murder of gay and bisexual Chechen men in concentration camps in the Russian nation.
The US is to blame for the rise of al-Qaeda and its late mastermind Osama bin Laden, which it empowered to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan, Vladimir Putin told Oliver Stone.
Gay men have been rounded up and tortured in Chechnya in recent months. David Greene talks to two men who managed to escape.
This spring, news of a campaign of repression against gay men in Chechnya, a republic in Russia's North Caucasus, began to appear in the United States and Europe.
That's why Amnesty International is asking international governments open their doors to gay men fleeing Chechnya. It is vital that the governments who have rightly spoken out in condemnation of these atrocities follow up by ensuring those Chechens who ...
He sought assistance from the Committee for the Prevention of torture, a Russia-based group active in Chechnya and loathed by Kadyrov, who has ruled the region with Kremlin backing since 2007 and whose security forces are accused by rights activists of ...
The men who have fled Chechnya face a Catch-22. While they have excellent grounds on which to claim asylum in the United States as persecuted members of a defined social group, they first need to secure a visa to travel to the USA or any country that ...
Moscow, June 5. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova expressed disappointment at a Finnish journalist's refusal to travel to Chechnya to assess the actual LGBT rights situation. "The Finnish journalist who came to the Russian ...
Russian president Vladimir Putin put Moscow-backed Chechens in charge to clean up the Muslim dominated semi-autonomous republic of Chechnya, free it from terrorism, and make it an example of what would happen if anyone threatened Russia. This led ...
A man from Chechnya who became the first refugee welcomed into France has opened up about his experience in the region. Azmad, who's identity is being kept anonymous for protection, is the first Chechen to benefit from an association in France working ...
Mr Mikkonen, who has reported on the purge, asked the official whether she agreed with the Chechen claims that "there are no homosexuals in Chechnya". The official responded by asking for the reporter's name and details of his employment, which she ...
Russia's predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya is seeking to block access to the cartoons of controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, ...
An cabaret featuring music by Jewish and Queer songwriters is being performed to raise money and awareness for LGBT people in Chechnya who are being persecuted for their identity. "As Jews, we decided that we cannot ignore this atrocity and felt the ...
Currently, 30 LGBTQ people from Chechnya are being held in a safe house in Russia, according to reports, and once they're cleared to leave the country, Rainbow railroad will book award tickets to fly them to another country where they can seek asylum.
In this context, the HRW report is of utmost importance. It begins with a detailed account of how, with the Kremlin's support and permission, Kadyrov has built a tyrannical, autocratic regime that violates dissenters' human rights in various ways ...
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has rubbished the idea that gay men are being subjected to a purge in Chechnya. Kadyrov took to his Telegram account to oppose reports that at least 26 gay men have been murdered in the region.
Transgender rights are near nonexistent in the United States. The Russian government openly supports the persecution of LGBT individuals and imprisons detractors.
In April, reports came to light of Chechen men suspected of homosexuality being tortured in concentration-style camps. Since then the matter has rarely left headlines, and has now come to particular attention after French prime minister Emmanuel Macron ...
activists outside the Russian Embassy in London protest against the treatment of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya on April 12. The photoshopped image of ...
The body of of the report is based on HRW's interviews with eight victims of the purge who fled Chechnya. They described being kept in unofficial detention facilities, where they endured horrific torture and humiliation.
Russia's foreign minister has sought to downplay allegations of abuse of gay men in Chechnya, saying there is "not a single concrete fact" in the case despite mounting evidence collected by human rights group and Russian journalists.
A protester holds a placard depicting Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov with the label "murderer," to denounce the Anti-Gay campaign launched in the Russian province of Chechnya, during a protest held in Paris, France on April 20, 2017. Ian Langsdon / ...
Another top Russian diplomat, Dmitry Alushkin, also said earlier this month that no LGBT people had been persecuted in Chechnya. The senior figure at Russia's embassy in Israel added that reports of a gay purge had been used as "a Propaganda campaign ...
Moscow - The leader of Russia's Chechnya has invited the French President and the German chancellor to visit his region and check for themselves the reports about gay people being killed and tortured there.
Versailles - Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that Russian president Vladimir Putin had promised "the whole truth" about accusations of a crackdown on gay men in Chechnya, as the French President said he would be "vigilant" on the issue. "President ...
A video explaining the how Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov rose to power might have come under attack by Russian spam bots. This video was made by the website Vox to discuss Kadyrov and his country's brutal oppression of gay and bisexual men.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced House Resolution 351, which "condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya and calls on Chechen officials to immediately cease the abduction, detention, and torture of individuals on the basis of their actual ...


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