Canada calls on Russia to investigate information about the persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya and guarantee security for all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystya Freeland, according to Ukrinform.
"Recent reports of harassment of homosexual and bisexual men in Chechnya deserve censure, and we urge the Russian authorities to fully investigate this information and immediately protect those people in Chechnya who may be at risk because of their sexual orientation," Freeland said.
She stressed that "human rights have no borders." "We condemn violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, in whatever region of the world it happens," the minister said.
We remind, on April 1, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that in Chechnya, men are harassed because of their unconventional sexual orientation: in recent weeks, police detained about 100 people, at least three men were killed. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Chechnya and the administration of the head of the republic denied these reports.
A spokesman for the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov, commenting on the publication of Novaya Gazeta, said that there are no homosexuals in the republic.