Chechnya is sending gay men to concentration camps

Chechen authorities have opened ‘concentration camps’ which gay men are being sent to, according to human rights campaigners and Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.

It is alleged that hundreds of gay men are being tortured and a smaller number even murdered in these camps.

Novaya Gazeta had received information about the camps and their sources in the Interior Ministry of the Chechen Republic confirmed the existence of them. However following this, a spokesperson for Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, dismissed the allegations as an “absolute lie”.

Since the information surfaced, a number of petitions have been made by organisations such as change.org and Amnesty International, calling for the Chechen authorities to be investigated.

As well as this, a number of demonstrations have taken place including one outside of the Russian Embassy in London and another outside of Norwich City Hall, organised by Norwich Pride which was attended by Clive Lewis MP for Norwich South who said: “The UK government must intervene urgently.”

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has since advised against all travel to Chechnya, and Baroness Anelay of the Conservative Party has also called for an investigation, saying: “The detention and ill-treatment of over 100 gay men in Chechnya is extremely concerning. We condemn any and all persecution, and call on the authorities to promptly investigate and ensure that perpetrators of human rights abuses are brought to justice.”

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