LGBT refugees who were spared Chechnya’s anti-LGBT crackdown have found that they’re not even safe in the West.
Almost two dozen gay Chechens, or more, have found refuge in Canada under a program developed by the Canadian government and the LGBTI refugee aid program Rainbow Railroad.
The Russian Novaya Gazeta newspaper released the names of 27 men, ages 18 to 33, who allegedly were killed in the recent anti-gay crackdown. Early accounts of the homophobic purge had put the death toll at three fatalities or more.
Many countries condemned last spring’s homophobic and murderous anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, but only five countries have offered to help fleeing gay Chechens.
After Ramadan ended on June 24, Chechnya again started arresting its LGBT citizens, says Igor Kochetkov of the Russia LGBT Network. About 100 sexual minorities were reportedly arrested in the spring crackdown, and apparently another 10 have been detained since mid-June.
LGBTI rights supporters have raised $300,000 or more to help Chechens whose lives are in danger because a homophobic crackdown in Chechnya. The next fundraiser will be in Hong Kong.
A multitude of demonstrations around the world are seeking an end to the anti-LGBT repression in Chechnya.
The names of 26 Chechen victims of extrajudicial killings so far in 2017 have been delivered to Russian officials conducting a preliminary investigation of human rights abuses in Chechnya, where more than 100 allegedly LGBT people were reportedly arrested, the Moscow-based Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported today.
Russia is ramping up its opposition to LGBTI advocates seeking an end to human rights abuses in Chechnya. It has arrested protesters in Moscow and issued a formal statement denying that 100 gay Chechens were arrested and tortured in secret detention sites.
Pressure has increased to put an end to a campaign of anti-gay repression, so far with no signs of progress.