Chechnya Gay Men Imprisoned, Tortured, Human Rights Activists Say

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"Homosexuals in Chechnya are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily".

Men in Chechnya lead a healthy lifestyle, practice sports and have only one [sexual] orientation, defined since humankind creation.

"Hundreds of men suspected of being gay are being abducted, tortured and even killed in the southern Russian Federation republic of Chechnya", said Amnesty International UK on their website.

On April 11, MP Randall Garrison accused the government of using "symbols and platitudes" instead of calling for an "international investigation" of the arrests and torture. Razman Kadyrov, an important ally of Vladimir Putin, allegedly ordered the roundups and the establishment of the concentration camps.

Some men have escaped the region, and have told reporters that they were beaten into revealing the identities of others in the LGBT community.

The region's leader denied the reports by claiming gay people "don't exist" in Chechnya.

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Outright International, formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, is asking the UN Secretary General to publicly condemn the anti-LGBTQ campaign in Chechnya, Sjodin said.

The London Evening Standard has reported that a protest in England's capital has been planned for citizens to express their outrage regarding the recent events in Chechnya.

Natalia Poplevskaya of the Russian LGBT Network told BBC news, "we are working to evacuate people".

The detainees face electric shock torture and violent beatings, while some of them have been held to ransom and used to extort their families.

Despite appeals to the Russian authorities to stop the abuses, no action has been taken, she complained.

'Members of the NGO Russian LGBTI network have created a hotline offering help to those who may be looking for safety outside the region.

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According to various reports in the world, at least 100 homosexual men have been rounded up in Chechnya and are being held at a former military camp.

One of the despot's aides said there are no gay people in the republic.

He said: 'He was detained by some security officials on suspicion of homosexuality.

The news of the round-ups comes on the heels of other reports of extreme violence and the detention of gay men.

"You can't detain and repress people who simply don't exist in the republic", he said.

A spokesperson for the regime added, "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return". Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen Republic, then said gay people disappearing from the streets is impossible because he claims there are no gay people in Chechnya. We are also outraged by the reaction of the officials of the Chechen Republic, who in fact justify the killings.

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