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Speak up for persecuted gay and bi men in Chechnya
In August of 2017, news outlets reported that Chechen police had detained, beaten and tortured at least 100 gay men. These policies toward LGBTQ people continue under Chechnya’s current leadership. Last April UN Ambassador Nikki Haley UN released a statement that this violation of human rights cannot be ignored, with no follow up statements to date. On October 31, 2017, the US Congress unanimously condemned anti-LGBTQ violence in Chechnya.
- Contribute to groups that are working on behalf of this issue. In particular, these groups have all taken effective and powerful steps.
- Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.
- ILGA-Europe (European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) is an international non-governmental umbrella organization bringing together 490 organizations from 45European countries.
- Rainbow Railroad focus efforts on assisting LGBT people who have faced physical violence or face an imminent threat of violence, imprisonment, or death. According to their executive director Kimahli Powell, after receiving initial reports of the persecution of gay and bi men in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately re-classified Eastern Europe as a priority region: “This means we’re expanding our on-the-ground contacts as well as increasing our capacity to identify and assess new or alternative safe routes out of Chechnya.”
- Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal service.
- Contact the Human Rights Campaign to let them know you support their #EyesOnChechyna campaign and that you want this issue to be a top priority. You can also follow the #EyesonChechyna campaign for up-to-date information.