News Update: LGBT homicide in Chechnya, April 14

The Russian LGBT Networks continues its effort to evacuate people, who are being persecuted, tortured, illegally prosecuted, and murdered based on their (assumed) homosexuality. We have all the evidence to believe that these horrid activities are still in place in the Chechen Republic.

The Caucus hotline was established on the 29th of March. Since then we have received around 50 calls from people, who are still in the area and are in need of an urgent evacuation, and from people, who managed to relocate themselves, yet still, need assistance.

The Russian LGBT Network not only coordinates the evacuation, but also provides psychological help, financial and medical assistance, and other things displaced people from Chechnya might need. Since it is dangerous for most of those persecuted to remain in Russia, the Network also works hard helping the victims to relocate abroad.

To this day, neither the Russian Investigative Committee nor the General Prosecutor's Office reacted in any way to the reports of the criminal activities and Chechnya officials’ statements.

On the 8th of April, Dmitrii Muratov, the editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta, addressed Yurii Chaika, the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation, and called to initiate the investigation, based on the facts that testify of criminal offense.

On the 11th of April, Andrey Sabinin, the jurist of International Human Rights Organization “Agora”, filed an official complaint to the Moscow Basmanny Court. The complaint demands the court to recognize that the lack of action from Andrey Bastrykin, who is the chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, is illegal, and compel him to eliminate this violation.

The Russian LGBT Network plans to file the case to the International Criminal Court, in case the official prosecution will not be initiated immediately. The Network considered both the events in Chechnya and the lack of proper reaction from the law enforcement agencies to be a crime against humanity.

Currently, the Russian LGBT Network has 3 main aims:

• to evacuate people, whose lives are still in danger
• to attract as much attention to the cause as possible
• to collect the evidence about the mass homicide of homosexuals in Chechnya

At the end of May, the Russian LGBT Network will present the first public report on the persecution, torture, illegal prosecution, and homicide of the homosexual people in Chechnya.

A large number of international and national organizations have demanded to investigate the information about abductions, torture, and homicide of homosexual people in Chechnya:
UN Human Rights Council
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
US State Department
US Mission at OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
International Federation for Human Rights and the Anti-Discrimination Center “Memorial”
US Congress
European External Action Service
Amnesty International
Political Party “Yabloko”
Human Rights Campaign
ILGA Europe
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