Chechnyen Persecution of LGBT

WHAT IT IS

WHY IT MATTERS

Kadyrov’s persistent denial of this community and the abuses against it has lead to difficulties for victims looking to flee the country. Many Chechens are in safe houses in Russia while hoping to be granted visas to flee to western countries, but most European embassies, including the British embassy, have declined visas or travel documents. Because nothing has been concrete with the continuous denial, other countries understand the predicament but cannot aid members of the community.

  • SIDING WITH KADYROV: “Where’s the evidence?”

    • No concrete evidence:   Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov claims all evidence is baseless.
    • They don’t exist:   Kadyrov stated that there is no gay community in Chechnya and denied the existence of these camps.
  • SIDING WITH LGBT: “Human rights violation”

    • Human Rights Watch:   A report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) documents interviews with men who were captured, journalists who have been tracking this incident, and the president of Russian LGBT organization.
    • Unfortunately unsurprising:   Chechen police have, in the past, illegally detained men perceived to be gay to extort money from them under the threat of exposing them to their families.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

  • Is it the leaders or the citizens who have a strong opposition the non-normative sexual orientations? Or both?
  • Could this develop into another refugee crisis?