A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.
19 April 2021
In December 2018, OSCE Moscow Mechanism rapporteur’s independent report on the situation in Chechnya found ‘clear evidence of the successive purges against LGBTI persons’ in Chechnya as well as of numerous other grave Human Rights violations. The report documented that LGBTI persons in Chechnya had been subjected to systematic harassment, persecution, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings.
In the two years since the report was issued, there has been no constructive response to the Report or its recommendations from Russian federal authorities. Meanwhile, new credible allegations of serious human rights violations in Chechnya continue to emerge, including the continuing systematic arrest and torture of LGBTI persons and opponents of the Chechen leadership.