Kyiv: Dozens of people were detained and at least two died in custody amidst new repressions against LGBT groups in the Russian republic of Chechnya. This was reported to media representatives by local activists.
“About 40 people, both men, and women were detained in recent weeks during a new wave of persecution. At least two people died as a result of torture. The detention was carried out by law enforcement officers, and the victims were detained in the southern city of Argun,” said the head of the Russian LGBT Network Human Rights Group, Igor Kochetkov.
The man also added that the local police is doing everything possible so that the victims did not leave the region and did not go to court in the future.
“They take documents, threaten victims with the criminal prosecution against them or their relatives and force them to sign empty forms,” the activist added.
It is known that Chechen politicians do not comment on this information.
We recall that elementary humanity and international legislationdemand the Russian and Chechen authorities to stop all violations of human rights. This is stated in the official statement of the US mission to the OSCE on the official website of the US State Department.