Chechnya dominated international headlines more than 15 years ago when Russian forces were bombing the capital, Grozny, to stop the republic’s bid for independence. Now Chechnya is in headlines again because of a brutal campaign of police violence and abuse against men believed to be gay.
Police have been detaining the men in secret locations, beating and humiliating them, and forcing them to hand over information about other men who might be gay.
The United Nations and many other international organizations and governments, including the Trump administration, have firmly condemned the campaign. And with good reason. The violence is brutal, the cruelty extreme and the anti-gay hostility extremely virulent. Yet the Kremlin has been slow to respond.
Article continues at As Gay Men are Detained and Killed in Chechnya, the Kremlin is Slow to Respond | Human Rights Watch by Rachel Denber
Deputy Director of HRW’s Europe and Central Asia Division.
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