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In Moscow detained human rights activists, to stand up for gay people of Chechnya

The five defenders, four Russians and one citizen of Italy, which intended to pass the petition to protect gays Chechnya Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, was detained by the Moscow police. The guards claimed that the cause of their detention was not authorized by the authorities action.

About it writes on Thursday, may 11, the news service of the BBC.

Human rights activists reported that this petition, condemning the detention and torture of Chechens, homosexuals, signed on the Internet more than two million people – twice the population of Chechnya.

In the framework of this action, they brought a lot of empty boxes, which symbolized the number of signatures stated in this article.

The results of investigation of «Novaya Gazeta» and the ensuing new publications, including in the Western media, show that in the two Chechen settlements (the town of Argun and the village of Tsotsi-Yurt), there are secret prisons, from December 2016, the Chechen authorities have begun to put homosexuals. According to sources, «New», in the last six months have been detained at least 100 people. Known the names of the three victims, but sources in the official bodies of Chechnya and local LGBT activists say that the victims much more.

The Chechen leadership has denied these facts, claiming that in the North Caucasus Republic in General there are gay – despite evidence from the biological and sociological research.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the establishment of a Commission to investigate these allegations – after the last month it asked the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, demanded to protect the rights of sexual minorities.

Putin said that «I instruct the Prosecutor General and the interior Minister to assist in the verification of the situation in the North Caucasus with the rights of homosexual people.

This statement was made during the meeting with the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova. Referring to Putin, Moskalkova noted that addressing the issue of violations of the rights of homosexual people, but «the test is difficult that people are not willing to give his name.» «If they are willing to Express themselves, then we will be ready to defend and restore the rights», — she added.

Shortly after this conversation, the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov has declared readiness to cooperate with the Federal authorities when checking messages about infringement of the rights and freedoms of sexual minorities in the country. Recall that on 1 April, the Russian «Novaya Gazeta», citing its own sources reported the detention, torture and «honor murders» residents of Chechnya, suspected sexual orientation.

Three days later in the Central mosque of Grozny held an emergency meeting of representatives of Islamic clergy, where Adam Shahidov, the counselor of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, has publicly accused the team of «the New newspaper» slander and called them «enemies of our faith and our homeland.» Shahidov’s speech and other speakers, was broadcast on local TV and are widely dispersed on the Internet.

The results of this meeting a resolution was adopted, one of the points of which reads: «Due to the fact that the insult to the age-old foundations of the Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men, and our faith, we promise that retribution will overtake the true instigators, wherever and whoever they were, without a limitation period».

According to journalists of «Novaya Gazeta», as well as their colleagues from the «media zones», «Lentech», TV-2, «Rain», «RBC», The Moscow Times and other Russian and Russian media, the resolution provokes Chechen fanatics and encourages them to violence against journalists.

In Moscow detained human rights activists, to stand up for gay people of Chechnya 11.05.2017

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