According to independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, over 100 men suspected of being gay, have been abducted as part of a coordinated campaign. The men have been reportedly tortured – possibly to disclose the whereabouts of other gay men - and three have even been killed by their captors. But there could be more.
‘Honour killings’ are still practiced in deeply conservative Chechnya. Men deemed to have ‘tarnished’ the family’s honour are often killed by a family member who will often enjoy impunity for their crimes.
We need your help to call for prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya. Anyone found guilty or complicit in such crimes must be brought to justice.