From NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/joe-biden-calls-trump-admin-condemn-lgbtq-crisis-chechnya-n746696
by Mary Emily O'Hara Apr 14 2017
Biden is "disgusted and appalled" by reports of authorities in Chechnya
torturing and killing men who are believed to be gay or bisexual.
Friday, the former Vice President responded to growing concerns among
international governments and human rights groups who have been
pressuring the U.S. to take action and address the Chechen crisis with
"When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is
the responsibility of every person of conscience to speak out — to
oppose this campaign of violence before it continues further," Biden
said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
The reports of a violent, state-sponsored campaign targeting local LGBTQ men in Chechnya
first arose on April 1, when the Russian independent newspaper Novaya
Gazeta published a story revealing details of a prison-like facility
near the Chechen town of Argun.
Novaya Gazeta spoke with Chechen
men who reported being arrested and subsequently tortured with beatings
and electric shocks, as well as being forced to supply authorities with
the names and phone numbers of other LGBTQ people.
Petersburg advocacy group, Russian LGBT Network, set up an emergency
hotline to take calls from Chechnya — and now says it has received about
50 calls from people who were targeted or are trying to escape the
region. As many as 100 men were believed to have been arrested for
suspected homosexuality. Russian LGBT Network told NBC News it believes
around 20 men have been killed by authorities as part of the roundups.
are very intimidated and not eager to talk. They are hesitant to even
talk to us," Natalia Poplevskaia, the network's International Advocacy
Officer and Monitoring Program Coordinator, told NBC News on Tuesday.
"The people who have been targeted by the campaign need some time to get
back to normal life."
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