Australian government silent as gay men are abducted, tortured and murdered in Chechnya
See below for actions YOU can take
International protests against the ‘disappearing’, torture, incarceration and murder of gay men in the Russian autonomous republic of Chechnya are gathering steam. However, there is no word from either Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull or Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and no sign of any protest here in Australia.
The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said:
“We are very concerned by reports of mass arrests of individuals in Chechnya due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation. We condemn any and all persecution.
“The human rights situation for LGBT people in Russia has deteriorated significantly in recent years and we have voiced our serious concern over these developments with Russian authorities at all levels.”
A demonstration has been organised outside the Russian embassy in London tomorrow http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/london-will-protest-chechnyas-concentration-camp-gay-men/
A leading British LGBTI Muslim charity has condemned the Chechen action http://www.thegayuk.com/leading-muslim-lgbt-charity-condemns-chechen-concentration-camps-for-gay-men/
The Italian government is making urgent representation to Russia http://www.rferl.org/a/russia-chechnya-italy-probes-gay-arrests/28424073.html
President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajan said the reports were appalling and those responsible should be prosecuted.
The US State Department has called on Russia to investigate reports that LGBT people have been detained in “black sites” and “concentration camps”, tortured, or murdered in the semi-autonomous Russian republic of Chechnya.
“We urge the Russian government to conduct an independent and credible investigation into the alleged killings and mass arrests, and hold the perpetrators responsible.”
“We were likewise deeply disturbed by local authorities statements that apparently condone and even incite violence against LGBTI persons,” the statement said.
“We are very concerned by the widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons in Russia or any society. We call on the Russian government to protect all people from discrimination and violence, and allow the free exercise of the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion or belief.”
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : DONATE TO EMERGENCY EVACUATION FUND
AllOut have partnered with the Russian LGBT Network to raise an emergency evacuation fund to get as many as possible to safety. Please give what you can. https://go.allout.org/en/a/chechnya/?akid=14214.1006775.goZAkh&rd=1&t=3&utm_campaign=Chechnya&utm_medium=email&utm_source=actionsuite
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : RUSSIAN EMBASSY
Contact the Russian Embassy in Canberra to demand intervention.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE : AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
Demand that the Foreign administration Julie Bishop and a prime administrator Malcolm Turnbull make representations to the Russian government.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
The Hon Julie Bishop MP
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: (02) 6277 7500
Fax: (02) 6273 4112
414 Rokeby Road
SUBIACO WA 6008
Phone: 08 9388 0288
Fax: 08 9388 0299