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18th January 2019, 13:46:07 UTC

The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.

For the second time in less than two years, Chechen authorities have launched a violent homophobic crackdown which has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives.

Since December, Chechen authorities have detained and tortured members of the LGBTI community in a government facility.

At least two people have died as a result of the torture. Around 40 others are still being held in detention.

The actual number of victims may be higher.

These appalling reports follow a previous “gay purge” in 2017, which saw hundreds of men detained and tortured and put Chechnya’s dismal human rights record in the global spotlight.

Now the attacks have resumed, it is vital we put as much international pressure as possible on the Russian government to end these cruel human rights abuses and bring those responsible to justice.

Sign the petition and demand Russia takes immediate action to protect gay and lesbian people living in Chechnya.

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