The Commission for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) of the Council of Europe revealed their findings on the ill-treatment of prisoners – including targetted LGBTI-people – in Chechnya.

I had a discussion on the gay purge in Chechnya with Mark Kelly of the Commission for the Prevention of Torture of the Council of Europe a few months ago. The fact that they reveal their findings now, only means that Russia is totally unwilling to react to them. This is not just very unusual, but also criminal. How can the world leaders stay ignoring what’s going on?!

The field trip to Chechnya of the CPT happened at the end of 2017. The procedure at the CPT gives the chance to the country involved – in this case Russia – to change its policies and to make up for what went wrong for one year. If not, the CPT reveals all their findings.

The fact that they reveal this now, only means that Russia is totally unwilling to react to the situation in Chechnya. This is very unusual – even for Russia.

My contacts who are still inside Chechnya are telling me that the situation is becoming worse every day. In the city of Argun, the police went from door-to-door to search for evidence of LGBTI-people.

 

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