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Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People

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Putin Has Given Chechnya Free Rein to Persecute LGBT People | The Moscow Times

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Chechen dictator, Putin crony, and psychopath Ramzan Kadyrov.

1/17/19
For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. According to the organization’s protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since December and at least two people have died under torture. Police have also reportedly demanded that families of gay and lesbian people commit “honor” killings against their relatives and provide evidence of their murders. These appalling reports follow a previous “gay purge” in 2017, which saw hundreds of men detained and tortured and put Chechnya’s dismal human rights record back in the global spotlight. The people who have documented the attacks on LGBTI people have acted with unimaginable courage, risking arrest, torture, ill treatment and even death if they are identified. Maxim Lapunov, so far the only victim to speak publicly about his ordeal, filed a formal complaint with the Russian authorities in September 2017. In harrowing detail Maxim described being held for 12 days in a blood-soaked cell, beaten with sticks and having a plastic bag placed over his head. In November 2018, after months of denials and obfuscation, the Russian authorities said they were unable to confirm Maxim’s claim and refused to open a criminal investigation into the allegations.

In December 2018, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe published a report in which it accused Russia of shielding Chechen officials from scrutiny. Kadyrov knows he has carte blanche when it comes to human rights abuses. Nevertheless, following the 2017 crackdown sustained international attention did succeed in temporarily halting the arrests. This shows that Chechen and Russian authorities are not immune to criticism. The international community, therefore, can play an important role in pressurizing political elites into acknowledging their crimes and taking meaningful steps to bring those responsible to justice. In 2017 the Russian LGBT Network, supported by other NGOs, helped evacuate hundreds of people from Chechnya and in some cases relocated them elsewhere. Several countries, including Canada, France, Germany and Lithuania granted asylum to dozens, though sadly they stand out for their generosity, and other governments were reluctant or too slow to offer protection. This time, governments should be prepared to expedite the asylum process so that anyone who wants to leave Chechnya can do so promptly and safely. Above all, they should make it clear to the Chechen authorities that they are watching, and that these horrendous crimes do not happen in darkness.

Persecutions of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia, persecutions of the LGBT community in Chechnya. Two gay Chechen men have died from torture in recent weeks.
 

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Well Trump won't care because he's a Putin crony. And the Pence's won't care, because, well we know why.

So don't expect this to be even addressed by the WH.
 

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Well Trump won't care because he's a Putin crony. And the Pence's won't care, because, well we know why.

So don't expect this to be even addressed by the WH.

The Trump White House never ever even mentions, much less condemns, human rights abuses in lands under Putin's jurisdiction.
 

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Well Trump won't care because he's a Putin crony. And the Pence's won't care, because, well we know why.

So don't expect this to be even addressed by the WH.



Are Chechen affairs under the authority of Washington?


I think we should be told .........
 

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The Trump White House never ever even mentions, much less condemns, human rights abuses in lands under Putin's jurisdiction.



Just for context, the US permits capital punishment, but feels that it has some sort of duty to lecture other sovereign states about human rights.


#hypocrisy
 

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Are Chechen affairs under the authority of Washington?


I think we should be told .........
The authority to speak on human rights abuses is not subject to the approval o the country that happens to be addressed.

But then you already know that, this non-sequitur above being just another example of the dishonest obfuscations you so love to engage upon.
 

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Just for context, the US permits capital punishment, but feels that it has some sort of duty to lecture other sovereign states about human rights.


#hypocrisy
The US would, in this case, not be addressing capital punishments in other sovereign states, it would be addressing breach of human rights.

Your equivalence not only serves hypocrisy, it serves to outline your dishonesty.
 

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It’s nice to know you find the abduction, torture, and murder of LGBT people at the hands of these savages amusing.


Why mis-represent so grossly? .......... I was laughing at your comment.
 

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I sort of have the feeling that your average Chechnyan official would not really feel the need for Putin's specific permit to justify going around persecuting the LGBT community.
 

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It’s nice to know you find the abduction, torture, and murder of LGBT people at the hands of these savages amusing.

Technichally the us backs saudi arabia who treats gays far worse, so I can see where it is amusing, it is the pot calling the kettle black, or you could just call it a double standards, calling out chechnya while supporting saudi arabia who hangs or stones to death anyone homosexual.
 

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I sort of have the feeling that your average Chechnyan official would not really feel the need for Putin's specific permit to justify going around persecuting the LGBT community.

They would not because it is an islamic republic of russia, and in islamic republics, only a tiny handful legalize homosexuality(it was 3 or 4) and only one elgalized being transgendered, which was syria but syria also has homosexuality as illegal, so this whole debacle comes down less to a federation itself and much more don to how much those federations are willing to fight their own republics over issues they care little about.
 

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Technichally the us backs saudi arabia who treats gays far worse, so I can see where it is amusing, it is the pot calling the kettle black, or you could just call it a double standards, calling out chechnya while supporting saudi arabia who hangs or stones to death anyone homosexual.

Can't defend his buddy Kadyrov so he switches to Saudi Arabia.

A typical Russian whataboutism technique.
 

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Chechen affairs are a matter for Chechens not Americans, and to be frank, nobody cares what you think. You go on with your glorification and promotion of homosexuality, transgenderism etc. That's your right.

But in Russia we have a proper democracy. Kadyrov is a popular leader supported by the vast majority of Chechens. Americans get no say in anything.

End of.
 

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Technichally the us backs saudi arabia who treats gays far worse, so I can see where it is amusing, it is the pot calling the kettle black, or you could just call it a double standards, calling out chechnya while supporting saudi arabia who hangs or stones to death anyone homosexual.

Trump like them too

The US should condemn both nations
 

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Trump like them too

The US should condemn both nations

Maybe the US should sort out its own house of cards instead of sticking its nose into the affairs of a world it can't control.
 

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Then you'll continue to bankrupt yourselves with your global military empire, you'll continue to see American forces killed in their various operational theatres across the Misddle East and Africa, and you'll continue to be eternally frustrated by the world's lack of gratitude to the musings of Washington.
 
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