ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

Report documents anti-LGBTI extrajudicial killings in Chechnya

12/20/2018 | Washington Blade

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Thursday released a report that documents extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses against LGBTI people in Chechnya. The report, which the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights wrote, notes the first anti-LGBTI crackdown in Chechnya, a semi-autonomous Russian republic in the North Caucasus, took place between December 2016-February 2017. A second crackdown against LGBTI Chechens began in March 2017 and ended in May 2017. The report notes international outrage “largely stopped” a third crackdown, but “there are still new cases as recent as September and October 2018. “The detentions followed a certain pattern,” reads the report. “Persons suspected of being homosexuals were picked up without any particular reason at their homes or work places or on the road by police officers and military personnel.”

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