Irish Activists Protest Chechnya LGBT+ Human Rights Abuses

The LGBT+ community and their allies gathered to protest the ‘gay purge’ currently taking place in Chechnya.

The group gathered included representatives from GCN, LGBT IrelandDublin PrideUSITENIAmnesty InternationalACT UPQueer Diaspora Ireland and Free Legal Advice CentresSenator Fintan Warfield and concerned members and friends of the LGBT+ community.

The Irish LGBT+ community stands in solidarity with our LGBT+ family in Chechnya.

We condemn the escalating violence against LGBT+ people and urge An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to publicly condemn the anti-LGBT+ crackdown.
The Irish Government must raise this issue at the highest possible level with Russian leaders and call for an immediate end to this harrowing persecution.
The Irish government needs to live up to its international protection obligations to recognise and protect Chechen refugees who reach Ireland, as well as using its full consular influence, facilities and resources to support The Russian LGBT+ Network in its vital work in Russia and the region at this time in affording safe options to those at risk.  
We call for the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic

Statement signed by Irish LGBT+ organisations from across the country

Read about the event here.

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