Wednesday 31 May 2017
May 26, 2017
Human Rights Watch Confirms Torture, Abuse Of Gay Men By Chechen Authorities
Human Rights Watch says it has confirmed that police in Russia’s Chechnya region rounded up, tortured, and humiliated dozens of gay or bisexual men during the spring of 2017 in "an apparent effort to purge them from Chechen society."
May 25, 2017
Prosecutor Demands Lengthy Prison Terms in Kabardino-Balkaria 'Caliphate Trial'
The prosecutor has demanded prison terms of up to 20 years for eight young men from Kabardino-Balkaria on charges ranging from illegal possession of arms and establishing an illegal armed group to the attempted killing of a police officer. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)
May 18, 2017
European Parliament Demands 'Credible Investigation' Into Abuse Of Gay Men In Chechnya
The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on the authorities in Russia's Chechnya region to allow international human rights organizations to conduct a "credible investigation into the alleged crimes against men perceived to be gay" in the North Caucasus republic.
May 16, 2017
Gay-Rights Activists File ICC Genocide Complaint Over Alleged Chechnya Abuses
LGBT activists in France say they have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the leader of Chechnya alleging genocide following reports of the torture and killing of gay men in the southern Russian region.
May 15, 2017
Fewer Countries Criminalize Same-Sex Relations, Report Finds, But Homophobic Abuse Still Common
The number of countries criminalizing same-sex relations has decreased over the past decade, but attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community are still common in many countries, a global rights group says.
May 11, 2017
Activists Detained For Seeking Inquiry Into Abuse Of Gay Men In Chechnya
Moscow police detained five activists who tried to deliver a petition demanding an official investigation into reports of kidnapping and torture against gay men in Chechnya. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked officials to look into the reports, which have been widely condemned.
May 10, 2017
Veteran 'Silovik' Named To Head Chechen Presidential Administration
Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov recently demoted one of his closest associates and promoted a second. Both recent moves, however, appear to be a direct response to the alleged plot to assassinate Kadyrov a year ago and may significantly affect the balance of power within his entourage. (The views expressed in this blog post do not necessarily reflect those of RFE/RL.)