US, UK and Germany call upon Russia to investigate ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya

US, UK and Germany call upon Russia to investigate ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner

The US Department of State expressed concern about the situation in Chechnya, where there have been reports of repressions against homosexual men.

The US Department of State expressed concern about the situation in Chechnya, where there have been reports of repressions against men of unconventional sexual orientation.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner appealed to the Russian authorities to "ensure the release of all illegally detained, conduct an independent investigation into the reports, and punish those responsible."

Earlier, a similar statement was made by the Foreign Ministries of Great Britain and Germany.

Deputy Head of the British Foreign Office Joyce Anelay noted "the deterioration of the human rights situation for people from the LGBT community in Russia," and German Government Representative for Cooperation with Russia Gernot Erler called upon the Russian authorities to investigate "these terrible reports."

Let us recall that the information on illegal detentions, torture, and killings of representatives of the LGBT community of Chechnya was first published by Novaya Gazeta on April 1.

The publication caused a strong public response. Whereas, representatives of the Caucasian republic – Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov and the member of the HRC, Kheda Saratova – issued refutations full of xenophobic attitudes towards gays.

Later, the Human Rights Council (HRC) under the President of Russia and the international human rights organization Amnesty International demanded that the authorities investigated allegations of the persecution of homosexuals. Then, Human Rights Commissioner for Russia Tatyana Moskalkova appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Chechnya Prosecutor's Office to check the information about the kidnapping of gays in Chechnya.

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