Gay Rights : Chechnya’s Concentration Camp for Gay Men
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Chechnya allegedly has several concentration camps for gay men, Novaya Gazeta reports, one of which is located at 996 Kadyrov Street in Argun which is said to be a former military headquarters. The information came a week after the news that suspected homosexual men are being rounded up and detained by the authorities in Chechnya surfaced, an effort which resulted to the detention of over a hundred and death of three men.
Reports said the concentration camps were authorized by the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, to “completely cleanse Chechnya from men of non-traditional sexual orientation.” The incarcerated men are being tortured using electric shocks, beaten to death, or are being “forced to promise to leave” the Chechen Republic. A victim who escaped from the camp spoke of bribing Chechen police every month with thousands of rubles prior to his incarceration, a move he made in order to survive. Another claimed they were beaten to “force them to name other members of the gay community.”
Alexander Artemyev of Russia’s Amnesty International told MailOnline in an interview that they are calling on the Russian authorities to investigate the allegations. He was quoted as saying that “Homosexuals in Chechyna are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it.” The gay men’s only choice, Artemyev added, is to leave or hide but that their organization is communicating with LGBT network that “helps people in Russia to find shelter.”
Kadyrov denied the reports saying that it is impossible because Chechnya is homosexual-free in the first place, calling the allegations nothing but “absolute lies and disinformation.” His spokesperson told Interfax News Agency, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic.”
Chechnya’s concentration camp is the first in the world since Hitler’s in the 1930s.
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