U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Monday said the U.S. remains "disturbed" by the arrests of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya. "Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses".
"Here we are dealing with LGBT people and they are particularly vulnerable in Chechnya because in addition to fearing the authorities they also have to fear their own relatives", she said. Ambassador Haley's public call for action followed a letter from Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino that expressed alarm over reports of the detention and abuse of over one hundred gay men by Chechen authorities.
The statement also said the USA delegation will lead the U.N. Security Council's "first-ever meeting on human rights in global conflicts" tomorrow.
A member of the LGBT community, holds a placard with the picture of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a protest outside the Russian embassy, for the constant discrimination and violence against the gay community in Chechnya and other regions of Russia. It is believed that inside these camps, gay men are forced to endure torturous abuse.
Haley said the U.S.is leading efforts at the U.N.to address human rights abuses around the globe, The Hill reported.
The Chechen crisis came to light in early April, after independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an expose revealing the location of a secret detention center that some US media later referred to as a "gay concentration camp". Last week, global media outlets including the worldwide Business Times released disturbing stories around two suspected concentration camp-style prisons where the men are forced to endure many forms of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of government officials including electrocution and violent beatings. The so-called "gay propaganda" law bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors, but is seen by rights groups as signaling that homophobia is tolerated in Russian Federation.
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"Nobody can detain or harass anyone who is simply not present in the republic", Karimov told the Interfax news agency.
GLAAD, which called on Haley to denounce the persecution going on in Chechnya last week, issued a statement praising Haley for clearly stating USA opposition anti-LGBTQ discrimination overseas.
"In Chechnya, I had no choice but to lie or die", says the 20-year-old.
Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, laid blame on Chechnya's Kremlin-backed strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis called Kadyrov a "Putin loyalist" and accused Putin of denying that "shameful" human rights violations are occurring in Chechnya.