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Pussy Riot and Amnesty Intl to rally for Chechnya’s LGBTQ+ community

Pussy Riot and Amnesty Intl to rally for Chechnya’s LGBTQ+ community

Iconic Russian feminist punk rock performance art collective, Pussy Riot, will join Amnesty International Australia to call for justice for the Chechen LGBTQ community at a rally at Parliament House tomorrow from midday. Amnesty International Australia Advocacy Adviser, Joel Clark, says “Being gay in Chechnya can get you abducted, tortured and possibly killed. We have verified reports that more […]

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LGBTI+ people violently attacked in Armenian village of Shurnukh

Reports have emerged that a group of LGBTI+ people were attacked in Armenia earlier this week. Gay Star News have reported that thirty people gathered in the village of Shurnukh to attack local LGBTI+ advocate and Rainbow Armenia Initiative founder Hayk Oprah Hakobyan – following social media reports from activist Remy Bonny. 🏳️‍🌈🇦🇲 9 LGBTI […]

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Chechen leader suggests missing pop star was murdered by his own family

Chechen leader suggests missing pop star was murdered by his own family

Chechen pop star Zelimkhan Bakaev has been missing since August 2017, and its long been believed that he was detained and possibly killed as part of Chechyna’s violent purge of gay men. The country’s leader has now accused the singer’s own family of murdering him, suggesting that they were ashamed of having a gay person […]

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Journalist who broke story about abuse in Chechnya awarded

Journalist who broke story about abuse in Chechnya awarded

Elena Milashina, the Russian journalist who broke the news that hundreds of gay men were being detained, tortured and killed in Chechnya has been selected for an award for journalistic integrity from Harvard University. The Louis M Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism was announced by Harvard’s Nieman Foundation earlier this week. In […]

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#EyesOnChechnya: Celebs pressure White House to take action

#EyesOnChechnya: Celebs pressure White House to take action

US broadcaster MTV has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of reports that gay/bi men are being tortured and killed in Chechnya. Celebrities are using the hashtag #EyesOnChechnya to mark 100 days since the initial report of the anti-gay violence, and calling on the White House to take action. We’ve known about gay men […]

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Russian newspaper names men killed in Chechnya

Russian newspaper names men killed in Chechnya

The Russian newspaper that first broke the news that hundreds of gay men had been detained in the Chechen Republic has now named 27 men who it says were killed in a single bloody night in January. Novaya Gazeta says up to 56 men were executed without trial on in the capital of Grozny of 25 […]

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Cannes Film Festival jury protest gay/bi persecution in Chechnya

Cannes Film Festival jury protest gay/bi persecution in Chechnya

Members of the jury at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival have taken a visible stand against reports of violence towards gay and bi men in Chechnya. The jury of six arrived at the annual event, bearing signs adorned with pink triangles and slogans like ‘No More’ and ‘Silence = Death’ on the red carpet. The […]

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Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya

Tasmanians call on Malcolm Turnbull to speak out on Chechnya

Tasmanian human rights advocates are calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to speak out against the detention and torture of gay and bisexual men in Russia’s Chechen Republic. Last night community members gathered in Hobart for a candlelight vigil for those who have been detained, tortured and reportedly killed in the Muslim region of Russia. […]

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Janet Rice calls for Australia to accept refugees from Chechnya

Janet Rice calls for Australia to accept refugees from Chechnya

The Greens’ Senator Janet Rice is calling on the federal government to be more proactive in addressing the treatment of gay men in Russia’s Chechen Republic, including taking in gay and bisexual men from the region as refugees. Last week Senator Rice moved a motion calling for Australia to work with other countries to bring […]

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Government blocks senate motion on Chechnya

The government has blocked a motion in the senate calling for them to work with other members of the United Nations to to introduce a resolution condemning the Chechen government’s actions. Journalists in Russia have reported that hundreds of men have been detained in the region, which is an autonomous part of Russia. It has […]

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