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LGBTI community under attack in Chechen Republic


The Scottish Parliament has condemned the actions of the Chechen Republic as reports show the systematic torture and murder of members of the LGBTI community in the region.

As reported through the Russian independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, hundreds of men, believed to be gay, are being murdered and tortured by the Chechen authorities.

It is believed that has many as 100 hundred men have been abducted by government forces, with others released by the authorities upon expectation that their families will perform an ‘honour killing’ upon them.

Amnesty International have launched a global call to action through an online petition, compelling Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin, Chairman of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, to carry out an immediate and thorough investigation into the reports.

Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, has launched a Scottish Parliament motion S5M-05132 condemning the actions of the Chechen authorities.

Commenting on the motion, Christina said:

“This is an abhorrent and specifically targeted humanitarian crime against members of the LGBTI community in Chechnya.

“For the Chechen authorities to not only deny these attacks, but also incredulously claim that no gay people exist within their province is at best extraordinary and at worst deceitful.

“I fully endorse Amnesty International’s call to action to protect those at risk within the region.

“The Scottish Parliament motion I launched calls for a concerted, collaborative effort from the international community to ensure the Russian authorities are held accountable for upholding their human rights obligations, and that those committing these crimes in Chechnya are swiftly brought to justice.

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Amnesty International’s Scotland Programme Director, Naomi McAuliffe, said:

“Homophobia and intolerance prevail in Chechnya, fostered by the Chechen authorities. So-called ‘honour killings’ are still practiced: Men considered to have tarnished the family ‘honour’ by being gay face the very real risk of being killed by members of their own families.

“The Russian and Chechen authorities should condemn these attacks in the strongest terms and carry out a prompt and effective investigation to stop the cycle of horrific homophobic violence.”