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On five occasions Australia has raised the issue of Chechnya with Russia

On five occasions Australia has raised the issue of Chechnya with Russia

Western Australian senator Dean Smith has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide greater explanation about Australia’s response to the human rights abuses of gay men in Chechnya. The request was made during Senate Estimates hearings in federal parliament. Dr Lachlan Strahan from the department told the committee that the information about […]

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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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Macron says its homophobic to accuse him of being gay

Macron says its homophobic to accuse him of being gay

France’s President-elect Emmanuel Macron has responded to accusations that he is secretly gay saying such comments and misogynistic and homophobic.’ Macron is set to become France’s youngest President of the modern era. The 39 year old divisively beat right-wing opponent Marine Le Pen is last weekend’s election. In a television discussion Danish politician Søren Krarup, a […]

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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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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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Russia pulls out of Eurovision after contestant denied access to Ukraine

Russia pulls out of Eurovision after contestant denied access to Ukraine

Russia has pulled out of Eurovision 2017 after their contestant Julia Samoylova was denied permission to travel to Kiev for the competition. Ukranian authorities have denied the singer permission to enter the country because she toured the disputed Crimea region in 2015, after it has been annexed by Russia. Frank Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision […]

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Journalist who revealed Chechen abuses forced into hiding

Journalist who revealed Chechen abuses forced into hiding

The Russian journalist who alerted the world to horrific treatment of gay men in The Chechen Republic has been forced to go into hiding. Elena Milashina, the reporter at Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, published an article on April 1st claiming that over 100 men had disappeared off the streets of Chechnya, including several television journalists. The […]

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Activists are helping gay men flee from Russia’s Chechen region

Activists are helping gay men flee from Russia’s Chechen region

Gay men in the Russian region of The Chechen Republic are fleeing as authorities reportedly round up people who are gay, or perceived to be gay. Men are allegedly being held in an detention facility in the town of Argun, 20kn from Grozy, the capital of the Chechen Republic.  The facilities has been described in […]

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