In Chechnya Flee To Moscow Safe Haven Gay Men Facing Persecution

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The independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported how detention camps were set up where gay men were beaten and tortured. At least three people were killed, he said.The Russian Network for Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Transgender People has organized a hotline and is negotiating with embassies of other countries to find destinations where LGBT members can be protected.

Igor Kushitkov, board member of the Russian Network of Gays, Bisexuals, Bisexuals, Bisexuals and Transgender People, told a news conference in Medusa that his group’s mission was to win the trust of those facing violence in Chechnya, often at risk from their families.

“The main problem for us now is that the people there are very scary. We must understand that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Chechnya and generally in the North Caucasus are completely closed, afraid and distrustful of anyone.”

He said the Russian Federal Court could intervene but did not. His Group was considering the possibility of bringing cases to the European Court of Human Rights.”What is happening in Chechnya falls under the category of crimes against humanity and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” Kuchetkov said.

Chechnya’s national policy minister, Dzhambulat  Umarov, called on the newspaper to apologize for the allegations while a group of political leaders, Muslim clerics and tribal leaders called for “revenge” against “hatred.”

This has led to one of the most famous musicians in Russia calls Omrov to leave journalists “in peace” in Novaya Gazeta, which editor says he feared for their lives. In the past decade, two journalists specializing in Chechnya, Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estermirova, have been killed.

“The journalists of Novaya Gazeta are fighting for the constitutional rights of our citizens, whatever their place and any area whose rights may be violated,” Yuri Shevchuk, the lead singer of the rock band DTT, wrote in an open letter to Umarov.

“If you or me face injustice, it will protect us and other citizens in our country,” he said. “I understand you, but I respect force, not violence.” We can not withdraw law in the 21st century. “

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