Join with Avaaz to help close the gay torture centres in Chechnya


What’s happening?

Chechnya is rounding up gay people and taking them to torture centres, and it’s as horrific as it sounds. Officials in Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, have denied the reported “gay purge” and repeatedly claimed that there are no LGBT people in the predominantly Muslim republic, but Chechnya’s President said he would wipe out the area’s gay population in the next two weeks. Men are being electrocuted, tortured until they reveal names of other gay people, and beaten so badly that some have died. Police allegedly returned of the men to their families, exposing their sexual orientation and indirectly encouraging their relatives to carry out “honour killings”, causing many to flee to Russia still fearing retribution.

Activists fighting this brutal crackdown need more of our help, and fast. Targeting gay people and dragging them into prisons is like something the Nazis would do. It’s both terribly upsetting and infuriating, but there’s a plan to stop it. Avaaz will amplify the call of brave local activists in the media and use our massive global outcry to force an end to the crackdown.

Avaaz’s efforts

The underground rescue network that activists have thrown together is no match for the roving government thugs who round up “suspected homosexuals” and drag them to black sites to be tortured — and in some cases killed unless they reveal the names of their friends and lovers. Avaaz is helping save lives by funding safe houses, transportation, and legal representation, plus media coverage and campaigns against horrific laws.

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

Every day, more people face being rounded up — let’s show them the world won’t stand by while they are wiped out, then back local activists wherever these attacks take place to win the basic right to love whoever they choose.




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