This week, over 100 men in Chechnya – a republic of Russia – have been hunted down and detained in a secret and illegal prison. Many have been tortured and at least three men have been murdered.
Authorities say they want a “complete cleansing” of gay men from Chechnya.
The Russian LGBT Network has launched an emergency program to evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are at risk of being captured or have survived arrest and torture. But the crisis has escalated so quickly, they are running out of resources.
As such, the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity is encouraging Canadians to make a tax receiptable donations to help fund LGBT people in need.
Your gift today will pay for travel costs, safe housing, food, and other emergency resources for gay men who need to escape Chechnya immediately.
The Chechen government refuses to acknowledge this calculated attack is even happening, saying “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic.”
But our international partners, as well as the Russian LGBT Network have personally heard terrifying and tragic accounts from men who managed to escape. They recounted being beaten and given electric shocks, pushed to the brink of death until they gave the names of other gay men.
The risks can follow these people back home, where some families feel pressure from their deeply homophobic communities to kill their gay family members, in the name of “family honour.”
Because of this, LGBT people in Chechnya live extremely isolated lives. That’s why the Russian LGBT Network has set up a helpline to organize an evacuation.
The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity also encourages you to send an email to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca), the Prime Minister (Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca) & the Russian Ambassador (email@example.com) saying that you:
- Condemn the actions of the authorities in Chechnya
- Urge demand the immediate end of the persecution of LGBT people in Russia
- That you ask the Canadian government speak out against these atrocities