Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, today issued this statement in response to reports of kidnappings and imprisonment of Chechen men perceived to be gay:
Recent and ongoing reports of the persecution of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya are reprehensible. We call on the Russian authorities to thoroughly investigate these reports and to immediately ensure the safety of all persons in Chechnya who may be at risk due to their sexual orientation.
Human rights have no borders. Canada believes human rights are universal and indivisible, and these include the human rights of LGBTQ2 people.
We deplore acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As a strong, vocal and forceful advocate for equal human rights for all, the Government of Canada is committed to combatting discrimination, violence, and unjust laws targeting the LGBTQ2 community around the world.
Learn how to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.