War on homosexuals: Chechnya builds concentration camps for LGBT community

  • War on homosexuals: Chechnya builds concentration camps for LGBT community

War on homosexuals: Chechnya builds concentration camps for LGBT community

They were responding to reports of a crackdown by authorities on gay men in the semi-autonomous Russian region of Chechnya.

Worldwide human rights activists said that, according to newly surfaced reports, at least 100 gay men have been arrested in Chechnya, The Huffington Post reported.

The Chechen Interior Ministry branded it an "April Fools' joke", with Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov saying there were no homosexuals in the republic for them to persecute.

Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network said "we are working to evacuate people", according to BBC.

A man poses outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of alleged torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017.

Reports are also stating that the prisoners are being forced to out other gay men or risk torture.

Alexander Artemyev, from Amnesty International in Russia, told the Daily Mail: "We can only call on the Russian authorities to investigate the allegations".

Gay men are allegedly being put into concentration camp-style prisons in Russian Federation, it has been claimed.

We urgently need your help to call out the Chechen government on the persecution of people who are, as they put it, of "non-traditional orientation" - and urge immediate action to ensure their safety.

"You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic", Karimov said.

Last week, Kadyrov's spokesperson denied claims of gay men being detained, under the premise that gay men and women do not exist in the region. 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. Poplevskaia said the Russian LGBT Network's emergency hotline has received over 30 unique messages from current or former residents of Chechnya who are already evacuated from the risky situation.

Kadyrov's spokesman Alvi Karimov said, "You can not arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic".

"If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return", he added.

They said much of the abuse is being conducted at a detention center near the city of Argun, where arrested men are subjected to torture including electric shocks and beatings and also being humiliated and insulted.

The LGBT Network filed complaints with Russia's prosecutor-general, commissioner for human rights, and the Federal Investigative Committee, according to the BBC.

The EU, the USA state department, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are among those who have complained.