Nikki Haley: Investigate reported killings of gays in Russian Federation

Nikki Haley: Investigate reported killings of gays in Russian Federation

Nikki Haley: Investigate reported killings of gays in Russian Federation

It is encouraging to see conservatives like Haley speaking out against this human rights violation, even as it could potentially strain relations between the USA and Russian Federation.

"If true, this violation of human rights can not be ignored - Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold everyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses".

Former Vice President Joe Biden has called on the Trump administration to demand the detentions be stopped, saying in a statement he was "disgusted and appalled" by the reports.

Novaya Gazeta, the paper that first reported the kidnappings and torture, said that Chechen clergy leaders and public figures passed a resolution calling the reports "absolute lies and slander" and urging "every sensible person to fight the spread of such baseness and provocation in all possible ways", adding later that these ways should be "lawful".

After the reports first emerged, Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrovm dismissed them by suggesting that gay people simply don't exist in the country.

He is now hiding out in a small house on the edge of Moscow with five other Chechen men after they escaped what they say is a brutal campaign against gay men by authorities in the Muslim region of Russia's North Caucasus.

"They wanted to get names of my gay friends from me", he told CNN. Chechnya's LGBTQ "purge" is said to be on the agenda for the meeting. Victims have said many are being held in a prison located in the village of Argun.

The network claims that it suddenly lost contact with two people seeking help, which could mean they delayed taking action but "we cannot rule out the possibility that something more untoward has happened to them". Human Rights Watch has received numerous reports of harassment from within Chechnya that are consistent with Novaya Gayetza's reporting. According to Natalie Gil and Kimberly Truong, "These days, very few people in Chechnya dare to speak to human rights monitors or journalists even anonymously because the climate of fear is overwhelming and people have been largely intimidated into silence".

President Kadyrov introduced Islamic rule in Chechnya.

"If true, this violation of human rights can not be ignored...."

Attitudes toward homosexuality were already deeply hostile in Chechnya. "I strongly support your initiative to use the US presidency of the U.N. Security Council to advance worldwide thinking on the clear links between upholding universal values and the maintenance of global peace and security, and hope that you will use this effort to call attention to an ongoing outrage that has no place in the modern world".

While Haley's statement made no specific mention of Russia or its leadership, Cardin said that "in the Russian Federation, the buck stops with President Vladimir Putin - who must immediately signal that any violence against individuals on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity is unacceptable".

"It is crucial that reports of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings of men perceived to be gay or bisexual are investigated thoroughly", a group of human rights experts said.

Novaya Gazeta has said it considers the call an open threat against its staff.

Russia's Prosecutor-General's office formally opened an investigation on Monday but Russia's human rights ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova told TASS state news agency there had been no reports of such missing people to police, investigators or prosecutors.

But critics have expressed doubts that Russian authorities will intervene given the Kremlin has passed its own law discriminating against homosexuals.

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