Since March, discrimination and violence against the homosexual community have multiplied in Chechnya. After the revelation of concentration camps by a local newspaper, survivors reveal their story and question the police.
Survivors of the purge in Chechnya targeting homosexuals reported that local police were asking parents to kill their gay children for “honor,” reports Pink News. The authorities would threaten the families by saying “Either you do it or we do it”.
One survivor explained that after “torturing a man for two weeks”, the authorities summoned his parents and brothers to the camp and asked him to “take care of” him, otherwise he would be killed. “It’s our family, we will do it ourselves,” said the witness. “They took him and killed him in the forest. They buried it there. He did not even have the right to a funeral. ”
“If I go home, my own family will kill me”
Harassment of the LGBT community has always been commonplace in Chechnya, “but never at this point,” said the man whose identity has not been revealed. “If I go home, my own family will kill me,” he confessed.
By the end of April, four more “prisons” had been discovered by the local media, increasing the number of these six camps. The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has repeatedly denied the existence of these camps. A government spokesman even said it was impossible “to imprison and harass someone who does not exist in the republic”, implying that there were no homosexuals in Chechnya.
The international community has mobilized for Vladimir Putin to put an end to these atrocities. Journalist Katie Couric had tried to address the issue with the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who had replied “No, that’s not my problem. I’m not a specialist, it’s not my domain. ” Reticent, she nevertheless entrusted that an investigation was in progress “as in any normal country” but did not want to give more information.