Three French LGBT Association Stop homophobie, Mousse and Comite Idaho France – Tuesday, may 16, filed to the international criminal court (ICC) complaint against the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in connection with reports about the killings and detentions of Chechen gays. It is reported by Le Monde , citing AFP.
Lawyer Etienne Deshler reported that Kadyrov is suspected of “genocide” and the intention to using secret prisons and torture to destroy homosexuals. According to the version of the plaintiffs, that the Chechen leader was behind the persecution of gays.
The President of the Comite Idaho France Alexander Marcel complained that the LGBT Association of almost daily get new alarming reports about the persecution of the Chechen gays. For this reason, he said, the complaint to the ICC is the only way to prosecute for such “Nazi behavior” at the international level.
The Chechen leadership said that the lawsuit orchestrated and an attempt to apply to the head of Chechnya psychological pressure. “Do not consider it necessary nor to comment, nor respond to this
the message” – said “Interfax” a source close to the government of the Republic.
In his opinion, “these claims are viewed orchestrated the operation, paid the forces that seek to discredit the Russian Federation.”
“The recent media attacks directed against a person, which is not just a region Manager, and politician, with active position on the most acute
issues of neglect which could threaten peace and stability in many regions”, – said the source.
“These forces are trying to exert on Ramzan Kadyrov psychological pressure, to dislodge him from his saddle. These attempts are in vain, nothing will come of it,” said the source.
In early April, “Novaya Gazeta” published an investigation about the mass detentions in Chechnya, torture and murder of people based on sexual orientation. Later the publication wrote that in Chechnya there are “secret prisons” for gays. Representatives of the Chechen authorities, meanwhile, said that in the Republic of homosexuals and, consequently, they are unable to pursue.
The publication caused a great public outcry, responded in the Kremlin. 5 may the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova promised to connect the Prosecutor General and the interior Ministry to deal with the violation of gay rights in the North Caucasus.
Publications about the persecution of gays in Chechnya drew the attention of the West. In the US, the UK, Sweden, Canada urged Moscow to deal with the situation. Deputy Prime Minister Theresa may announced that London is exploring opportunitiesto support the LGBT community in Chechnya.
Last week the President of the Council on human rights under the Russian President Mikhail Fedotov said that the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov expressed his willingness to assist in the investigation of allegations of harassment of LGBT people in the Republic and the existence of secret prisons for homosexuals.
The Minister of internal Affairs of Chechnya Ruslan Alkhanov at the same time stated that the information about the oppression of individuals based on sexual orientation in the Republic was not confirmed. The Minister was threatened by the courts for spreading false information.