Anti-gay crimes in Chechnya: FIDH lodges complaint to United Nations expert investigating body

13/04/2017
Déclaration

FIDH lodged a complaint to the United Nations Working group on Arbitrary detention and Working group on Enforced disappearances on the fate of at least 160 men who were confirmed to have been illegally detained and tortured on grounds of their sexual orientation in Chechnya, Russia. The complaint seeks urgent UN actions in response to the killing of at least three of the detained men suspected of homosexual relations and the alleged disappearance of at least one man reportedly released to his family.

The UN mechanisms should seek from the Russian authorities the respect of their international human rights obligations, and in particular their obligation to ensure the right for any individual to be free from arbitrary detention, reprisals or threats on grounds of sexual orientation. The detained individuals must therefore be immediately released and ensured protection while crimes against them must be impartially investigated and those responsible brought to justice.

Alarmed by the unfolding of the events in Chechnya, FIDH will join the demonstration today, 13 April 2017 from 19 to 21h at the Place de Colombie in Paris, France.

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