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    Abducted, tortured and killed for being gay


    Stop abducting and killing gay men in Chechnya. View email online



    Hi Chris,

    Over a hundred men suspected of being gay have been rounded up in secret detention centres, tortured and, according to reliable sources, even killed in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.

    The Chechen government won’t admit that gay men even exist in Chechnya, let alone that they ordered what the police call "preventive mopping up" of people they deem undesirable.

    We urgently need your help to call out the authorities on the persecution of individuals of, as they put it, “non-traditional orientation”.

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    According to independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, over 100 men suspected of being gay, have been abducted as part of a coordinated campaign. The men have been reportedly tortured – possibly to disclose the whereabouts of other gay men - and three have even been killed by their captors. But there could be more.

    Act now – tell the Chechen authorities to investigate these abductions and bring the perpetrators to justice

    ‘Honour killings’ are still practiced in deeply conservative Chechnya. Men deemed to have ‘tarnished’ the family’s honour are often killed by a family member who will often enjoy impunity for their crimes.

    Tell the Russian and Chechen authorities that they have an obligation to prosecute hate crimes

    We need your help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya. Anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes must be brought to justice.

    Take action now – sign our petition.

    Thank you,
    Kathy Voss
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    Amnesty International UK
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    Chris,

    Earlier this month, an independent newspaper in Russia reported on the alleged abduction and killing in Chechnya of over 100 men believed to be gay.

    As if this wasn’t horrific enough, there’s now a new awful development in this situation – the journalists involved in exposing these horrors are now being threatened themselves.

    Will you join us in calling on the Russian authorities to protect these brave journalists, and their freedom to report human rights abuses?

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    Staff at Novaya Gazeta – a paper that has already seen some of its colleagues murdered – recently revealed that over 100 men believed to be gay had been abducted, abused and even killed.

    Since then, anger has been steadily building towards the reporters who broke this important story by those who oppose LGBTI rights. They have been emboldened by the Chechen authorities who have given them a prominent platform to warn the paper that their journalists would ‘face retaliation’.

    56 journalists have reportedly already been killed in Russia since 1992 – we don’t want to see this number rise further.

    We’re demanding that Russian authorities investigate the threats to Novaya Gazeta and other media outlets, and publicly condemn all threats and violence towards journalists, bringing those responsible to account.

    Read more about this shocking situation and sign our petition now.

    Thank you,

    Kathy Voss
    Urgent Action Coordinator
    Amnesty International UK
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