World (except Oz) Condemns Murders of Chechen Gay Men

Moscow Pride: Amnesty International

Australian government silent as gay men are abducted, tortured and murdered in Chechnya

See below for actions YOU can take

International protests against the ‘disappearing’, torture, incarceration and murder of gay men in the Russian autonomous republic of Chechnya are gathering steam. However, there is no word from either Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and no sign of any protest here in Australia.

LONDON

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:

“We are very concerned by reports of mass arrests of individuals in Chechnya due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation. We condemn any and all persecution.

“The human rights situation for LGBT people in Russia has deteriorated significantly in recent years and we have voiced our serious concern over these developments with Russian authorities at all levels.”

A demonstration has been organised outside the Russian embassy in London tomorrow http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/london-will-protest-chechnyas-concentration-camp-gay-men/

A leading British LGBTI Muslim charity has condemned the Chechen action http://www.thegayuk.com/leading-muslim-lgbt-charity-condemns-chechen-concentration-camps-for-gay-men/

ROME

The Italian government is making urgent representation to Russia http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-chechnya-italy-probes-gay-arrests/28424073.html

BRUSSELS

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajan said the reports were appalling and those responsible should be prosecuted.

WASHINGTON

The US State Department has called on Russia to investigate reports that LGBT people have been detained in “black sites” and “concentration camps”, tortured, or murdered in the semi-autonomous Russian republic of Chechnya.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : DONATE TO EMERGENCY EVACUATION FUND

AllOut have partnered with the Russian LGBT Network to raise an emergency evacuation fund to get as many as possible to safety. Please give what you can. https://go.allout.org/en/a/chechnya/?akid=14214.1006775.goZAkh&rd=1&t=3&utm_campaign=Chechnya&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionsuite 


ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : RUSSIAN EMBASSY

Contact the Russian Embassy in Canberra to demand intervention.

78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT 2603
(02) 6295-9033
(02) 6295-1847
Email: rusembassy.australia@rambler.ru
Contact the consulate in Sydney – please note this mainly a visa-processing centre.

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT

Demand that the Foreign administration Julie Bishop and a prime administrator Malcolm Turnbull make representations to the Russian government.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Contact Form : https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm

Email: Malcolm.Turnbull.MP@aph.gov.au

Electorate: Ground Floor, 287-289 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff , NSW 2027

Phone: (02) 9327 3988

Fax: (02) 9327 2533

http://www.aph.gov.au/M_Turnbull_MP

Canberra

Phone: (02) 6277 7480

Fax: (02) 6273 3776

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Email: Julie.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au

PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 7500

Fax: (02) 6273 4112

Electorate

414 Rokeby Road
SUBIACO WA 6008

Phone: 08 9388 0288
Fax: 08 9388 0299

PETITIONS

I know signing these things feels like pissing in the wind, but it’s the least we can do.
Sign the Amnesty international petition  https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/6023/2017/en/
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