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Please join the LGBTI community and our allies in a vigil for the tortured and murdered gay men of Chechnya 1800hrs Tuesday 16th May, Federation Square, Melbourne.
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Credible reports have been emanating from Chechnya that gay men there are being rounded up, tortured for the names of their fellow gays, and sometimes killed. Or they have been returned to their families, who have then killed them to “cleanse their honour.” Chechnya is a semi-independent republic within the Russian Federation.
Initially the Chechen authorities claimed the stories could not be true, because there were no gay men in Chechnya. Then the leader of the country issued a chilling statement vowing to rid Chechnya of all gay men by the start of Ramadan: 26th May.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to investigate these reports. Australian Foreign Minister has also asked Russia to investigate. There have been vigils, demonstrations and protests around the world, including within Russia itself. Links are here.
Now it’s Melbourne’s turn. On the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2017, a vigil for the persecuted, tortured and murdered gay men of Chechnya will be held in Federation Square.