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Liberal MP condemns Indonesia’s treatment of gay men

Liberal MP condemns Indonesia’s treatment of gay men

Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman has called the caning of two gay men in Indonesia “cruel and sickening” following the public punishment in Aceh this week. The two men were arrested after vigilantes broke into their residence, and claimed the pair were having gay sex which is against Aceh’s laws. Zimmerman said Australia should not stand […]

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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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Activists detained in Moscow while attempting to deliver Chechen petition

Activists detained in Moscow while attempting to deliver Chechen petition

Activists in Russia attempting to deliver a petition calling for an investigation into human rights abuses in The Chechen Republic were detained by authorities who deemed the delivery of the petition an “unauthorised protest”. The five Russian activists were attempting to deliver the petition with over two million signatures to the Prosecutor General’s Office in Moscow […]

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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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Calls for Prime Minister to do more about persecution in Chechnya

Calls for Prime Minister to do more about persecution in Chechnya

Malcolm Turnbull has been urged to do more to stop the persecution of LGBTI people in Chechnya. Long-time LGBTI human rights advocate, Rodney Croome, has written to the Prime Minister on behalf of advocacy group, just.equal, asking him to introduce a parliamentary motion condemning “the cruelty of the Chechen Government and the indifference of the […]

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies arrests of gay men

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov denies arrests of gay men

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has reportedly denied any homosexual people have been arrested and detained in The Chechen Republic. Newspapers in Russia have reported that they leader of the autonomous region denied the accusations of arrest, torture and murder during an exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Provocative articles about Chechnya (have) reported so-called arrests,” […]

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Chechnya’s President says concentration camp reports are ‘fake news’

Chechnya’s President says concentration camp reports are ‘fake news’

Chechnya’s President has taken to social media to denounce reports of attacks on gay men in the nation, saying the revelations are misinformation. The reports claim that approximately 100 men have been taken to concentration style camps in the region, where there are allegations of torture and murder according to Russia’s Novaya Gazeta. Chechen President Ramzan […]

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Alan Cumming on Chechnya: “The world is watching”

Alan Cumming on Chechnya: “The world is watching”

Actor and activist Alan Cumming has spoken out against reports of concentration camps for gay men in Chechnya. The reports were printed in Russian media earlier this month, suggesting the existence of detention centres where gay men are being tortured and murdered. Cumming posted a video on Instagram addressing the leader of the Chechen region, […]

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Kremlin says there is no reliable information about Chechen killings

Kremlin says there is no reliable information about Chechen killings

A spokesperson from Russian President Vladimir Putin has told journalists there is no reliable information about the reported detention and murder of gay men in The Chechen Republic. Reports were first published in Russian media at the beginning of the month. The initial reports suggest that more than 100 men have been rounded up and […]

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop raises concern over gay arrests in Chechnya

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has raised concern over the report that 100 men in The Chechen Republic have been detained because of their sexuality. Reports were first published in Russian media at the beginning of the month. The initial reports suggest that more than 100 men have been rounded up and held at several […]

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