Activists picket the office of Merkel: I Ask to protect gay people from Chechnya

A rally in support of Chechen gay

In Germany, human rights defenders and civil society activists have urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin the problem of harassment of gays in Chechnya. Merkel’s visit to Moscow is to be held on may 2, writes DW.

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In Berlin the building of the office of the head of state on the eve of the Moscow talks, the two leaders began a three-day rally in support of Chechen gays. The activists handed over a petition to the office of the government of Germany.

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The action was organized by human rights group Enough is Enough!. Earlier, the organization and the Alliance against homophobia began collecting funds to help the Chechen gay, caught, as they say the organizers of the initiative, “in a critical situation.” All donations will be sent to the Russian network of LGBT organizations for “urgent evacuation of victims and their families,” reads the event page.

In early April, “Novaya Gazeta” reported that in Chechnya in recent months, more than a hundred people were detained on suspicion that they are gay. According to the publication, the detainees were held in secret prisons and tortured, demanding to give out the names of other gay people; three people were killed.

Chechen authorities have called the report a lie. Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova said that in these publications, yet, “no specific facts”. She promised to continue with the test.

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