“They started beating me with their fists and feet. They wanted to get names of my gay friends from me. Then, they tied wires to my hands and put metal clippers in my ears to electrocute me. They’ve got special equipment which is very powerful. When they shock you, you jump high above the ground.” – Testimony of a victim of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge
Next Monday marks the 100th day since the news of the arrest, imprisonment, torture and murder of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya first broke, and global LGBT rights group, All Out are planning to make the crisis trend worldwide.
On April 1 news of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge broke in an article published by the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Over 100 men were hunted down, arrested, imprisoned, and tortured because they were believed to be gay. At least six men were murdered. Others were returned to their families barely alive, with their captors encouraging relatives to carry out honor killings.
“We thought this state-sponsored terror had ended,” Igor Kochetkov of the Russian LGBT Network says. “Chechen authorities deny all allegations and consider the suggestion that gay men exist in Chechnya a “filthy provocation”. The head of the Argun police in Chechnya said: “My officers would not even want to touch such people, if they exist, let alone beat or torture them.
“But my colleagues and I at the Russian LGBT Network have seen first hand the pain and suffering of those who survived these horrors.
“We can’t let Ramzan Kadyrov, the Head of the Chechen Republic, get away with this anti-gay crackdown.”
Here is how the All Out action will work:
Thousands sign up to post messages on their social networks.
On July 10th at 11am Moscow time, our demand for justice will be posted on social feeds around the world.
If enough of people take part, the hashtags #100DaysOfInjustice, #Chechen100, and #Putin will be trending worldwide.
To take part in this action against the continuing arrest and torture of gay men in Chechnya, click here.
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