State Dept. Calls For Investigation Of Alleged Murders, Anti-LGBT Violence In Chechnya
The U.S. government has called for an investigation of alleged state-sanctioned anti-LGBT violence and murder in Chechnya.
Earlier this week, the New York Times and other outlets reported on the 100 gay men who had been rounded up in the southern Russian republic.
According to reports, at least three of those men have been killed.
The State Department shared the following statement with BuzzFeed News:
We are aware of troubling reports that local authorities in the Republic of Chechnya have arrested or detained more than 100 men, as well as reports that three of those detained were killed. We condemn violence against any individuals based on their sexual orientation or any other basis. We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible. We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons.
We are very concerned by the widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons in Russia or any society. We call on the Russian government to protect all people from discrimination and violence, and allow the free exercise of the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion or belief.