A year has passed since the publication of first testimonies of LGBT people that faced persecution in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. However the unlawful detentions, humiliation and torture of LGBT people in Northern Caucasus persist.
Testimonies of the survivors were submitted to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, to carry out the preliminary investigation, however, the inquiry was carried out by the regional Chechen investigation instead, which did not reveal any signs of violations reported by the victims. Based on these findings, the investigation was closed and the perpetrators never faced any criminal charges.
What can you do to support the victims of the state-organized persecutions of LGBT in Chechnya?
1. You can help us to return public attention to the fact that the Russian authorities up to date did not do anything to stop persecutions and to stop perpetrators. This is the most important thing one can do. We believe that it was the attention of people all over the world that made the Russian authorities to talk about the persecutions. Let us show them that we remember about people tortured and killed just because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Publish the words of support and the demand to carry out the efficient investigation on your social networks together with this picture and hashtag #100forjustice
In April 2017, the entire world learned about people being kidnapped, tortured and killed in Chechnya just because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Persecution continues up to these days.
2. You can sign the petition with the demand to investigate these crimes and to bring to justice all those responsible for the arrests, torture, and killings of LGBT in Chechnya. More than 150 000 have already signed the petition, but we believe that far more people care!
3. You can make a donation to support the work of the Russian LGBT Network in Chechnya. Since March 28, 2017, when the first request for help was received, the Russian LGBT Network evacuated from Chechnya 119 people, 98 people have already left Russia.