Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov condones 'honour killings' of gay men
Segments of the interview were released earlier in the week, in which Kadyrov claimed men were not being killed for being gay, as they had no gay men in the country.
It should be pointed out that 'honour killings' of relatives, due to the belief that the victim has brought shame on the family, are actually illegal in Chechnya and Russia.
Kadyrov (or 'the psycho', whichever you prefer) said: "If we have such people here, then I'm telling you officially, their relatives won't let them be, because of our faith, our mentality, customs and traditions".
He went on to say that despite 'honour killings' being illegal the government "would still condone it" regardless".
During the encounter, HBO's David Scott asked about the gay purge in the country.
It has been widely reported over the past few months that concentration camps for gay men exist in Chechnya.
Recent reports verified by human rights organisations such as Amnesty International say that 27 men were executed a few weeks ago, with some believed to have been gay men.
When Scott asked the question Kadyrov seemed to smile and said: "Why did he come here? What's the point of these questions?", which considering this man's mental state, would make any reporter nervous.
Kadyrov went on to say that if there were any gay people in Chechnya, they should move to Canada (I'm sure they would love to if they could).
Check out portions of the interview featured during a recent programme on 'The Young Turks' YouTube channel:
In the U.K. leaders from across the political spectrum have raised concerns and condemned Chechnya's treatment of LGBT+ people.
Meanwhile Donald Trump has said nothing about the issue, but has continued his daily attacks on TV presenters, Obama, CNN, and others. It is not believed he even brought up the issue with Vladimir Putin, despite meeting with him privately on two occasions at the G20 in Germany.
The main stream media have picked up the story, however there does not seem to me continued focus on it, like there is continued focus on the North Korea situation for example.
All we can do is keep writing about it, and keep sharing on social media, to make sure the LGBT+ community in Chechnya know they aren't forgotten. If only our elected officials would actually do more, or in some cases something, to help them.Ch