Things You Can Do Right Now, Do Not Stay Silent
Editor Note: 11:30 am April 14, 2017
Alexander Artemyev, an Amnesty International Russia spokesperson, told Snopes, “We should always be careful about using the language of ‘concentration camps,'” and suggested the term “secret detention sites” instead.
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Chechen authorities have threatened journalists reporting on the news of concentration camps for gay men. Novaya Gazeta, a Russian publication, believes employees are now under threat. Religious fanatics vow to continue their campaign against any journalist who reports on these crimes and promise retribution.
United Nation’s senior experts on human rights calling for an end to the purge, saying, “We urge the authorities to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual in the Chechen Republic who are living in a climate of fear fueled by homophobic speeches by local authorities.” They added that it’s important all “reports of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings of men perceived to be gay or bisexual are investigated thoroughly.”
“We can’t watch in silence as the world slips back to an era we should never go back to.”