Human Rights Watch reports that Chechen officials and clerics have threatened Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and its reporters for reporting on kidnappings, imprisonment, and murders of Chechen men perceived to be gay. The organization calls on Russian authorities to condemn and investigate the threats. According to Human Rights Watch:
On April 1, 2017, Novaya Gazeta published an article documenting that Chechen police have been rounding up men believed to be gay and holding them in secret detention, where they submit the men to humiliation and torture. During the following week, the newspaper published another in-depth article on the same topic, including accounts from several victims. The abusive campaign has drawn condemnation from the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Union, the United States, and many other countries.
“The threats to Novaya Gazeta for exposing the appalling events in Chechnya are extremely serious,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The history of threats and violence against the paper’s journalists who work on Chechnya make this situation especially alarming.”
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