CALL TO ACTION: Join our protest against torture and murders of gay and bisexual people in Chechnya, Russia
Bring pink flowers and protest signs.
When: April 22, Saturday, 3pm
Where: 9 E 91st St, New York, near the Russian Consulate.
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/207359996419910/
What is happening: Human rights violations on mass scale in Chechnya. Gay and bi men are abducted, unlawfully kept in detention centers, tortured and murdered with participation of local authorities. Chechnya is an administrative unit of Russia. Russian government closes its eyes on these atrocities and does not enforce the law to investigate the crimes.
Russian government should protect all its citizens and strongly condemn anti-gay crimes in Chechnya. Russia should investigate all reports of anti-gay violence and prosecute the crimes in accordance with the law.
International governments should provide immediate humanitarian assistance, including visas and refugee resettlement, to LGBT people in danger.
“Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence. Growing numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been attacked and harassed across Russia in the lead-up and aftermath of the adoption of the federal anti-LGBT “propaganda” law in June 2013. The law effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second-class citizens.” – https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/04/13/chechnyas-gay-purge-should-spark-international-action
Sponsors (list in formation):
OutRight Action International
Human Rights First
The Caribbean Equality Project
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