On June 26, the Russian LGBT Network sent an alternative report on Russia's implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to the UN Committee against Torture.
The report prepared by the Russian LGBT Network is devoted to the persecution of LGBTQI in the Chechen Republic and covers such topics as illegal detention, conditions of detention (torture and degrading treatment of LGBTQI in Chechnya), the involvement of local authorities in the organization of mass persecution and investigative actions (or rather the lack thereof). The report also includes a list of recommendations.
In addition, the data collected by the Russian LGBT Network was included in the coalition report prepared by a group of Russian LGBT organizations (Moscow LGBT Group "Stimul", LGBT Initiative Group "Coming Out", Transgender Legal Defense Project and the Russian LGBT Network) and sent to the Committee against Torture on June 23.
The Convention against Torture was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1984, and ratified by the USSR in 1987. The sixty-fourth session of the Committee against Torture (which examines Russia's implementation of the provisions of the Convention) is held in Geneva from June 23 to August 10. During this session, the Commission considers both an official report submitted by the Russian Federation and alternative reports prepared by various human rights organizations. According to the results of its work, the Committee will prepare a series of recommendations.