Concentration camps are real. Like, REAL real. And happening right now. Like, RIGHT NOW right now.
Normally I would try to throw in some jokes to gussy up a story involving members of the LGBT community losing their rights or being threatened. There’s no joke in this. There is no way I can use humor to ease the situation.
If you haven’t heard the latest on Chechynya’s gay concentration camp, know that the stories are pretty horrific. 100 gay men were rounded up purge style and held prisoner in camps.
Razman Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, is thought to have given the order to have these men carted off, although he denies the accusation, claiming that he’d never give an order to purge gays from Chechnya because Chechnya doesn’t have any gays.
Alvi Karimov, Kadyrov’s spokesperson, also denied the camps, saying, “You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”
Fucking bone-chilling, man.
The men face various forms of torture. Accounts say they are detained in the same crowded room. They are beaten. Their hands are electrocuted. One account even mentioned being forced to sit on bottles. Some of the men are confirmed dead, or feared to be.
Earlier today a protest was organized at the Russian Embassy in London to combat the existence of the camps and to call on it’s leaders to do something.
Tanya Lokshina from Human Right Watch in Moscow posted an in depth article about the horrific events.
‘It is difficult to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya,” She says, “Where homophobia is intense and rampant. LGBT people are in danger not only of persecution by the authorities but also of falling victim to “honour killings” by their own relatives for tarnishing family honour.’