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Just what is going on in Chechnya? Are Chechen authorities "rounding up" gay or gay-suspected men and putting them in concentration camps to face violence and even death?
As the Guardian reports: "Journalists at the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which first reported the story, say they have incontrovertible evidence that at least three gay men have been killed since the operation started, and believe the full death toll could be much higher. Chechen society is extremely conservative and homophobic, and there are fears that some gay men may have been killed by their families after being outed by authorities."
Of course, the despicable crew of folks running Chechnya and Russia deny the reports, claiming no gay people exist in Chechnya.
I hope more international media pick up this story and find out the truth.
I'd also really like to know what my national government is doing to stop this outrageous treatment. No doubt, our federal government is not particularly friendly with Russia these days, so I hope they are taking action to try to stop this.
I've signed an Amnesty International petition. I urge everyone to do the same.
Let's not let this story disappear like so many other atrocities being experienced in our world have been.
Glad to see Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, speak out yesterday against the anti-gay violence in Chechnya.
Here's another petition from OutRight definitely worth signing.