The EU expresses its deep concern following reports by the Russia LGBTI network, regarding the detainment, torture and killings of people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
The European Union expresses its deep concern following reports by the Russia LGBTI network, regarding the detainment, torture and killings of people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
According to latest reports, no fewer than 40 people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation were detained by Chechen law enforcement officials and at least two people died as a result of torture.
Reports also indicate that local police officers are attempting to prevent victims from leaving the region or from making future applications to judicial courts by confiscating documents, threatening the victims with criminal proceedings against them or their relatives, or by forcing them to sign empty forms.
Invoking the OSCE's Moscow Mechanism, 16 participating States of the OSCE last year asked an independent expert to conduct a report on the human rights’ situation in the Chechen Republic during the years 2017-2018. The EU welcomes the report which was published on 20 December 2018. It highlights clear and credible evidence of a pattern of successive purges and human rights violations committed in a climate of impunity against LGBTI people in Chechnya.
We reiterate our calls on the Russian Federation to conduct a prompt, effective and thorough investigation into all reports of such acts of persecution, to ensure the accountability of the perpetrators and justice for victims. We also call on the Russian Federation to ensure the safety of all LGBTI persons at risk in Chechnya. We urge the Russian Federation to comply with its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe, namely in regard to Articles 2, 3, 5 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The following countries align with this statement: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, San Marino, Ukraine and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.