The European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday, 18 may, adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission, the EU and the Council of Europe to support the Russian law enforcement authorities in the investigation of messages about the oppression in Chechnya, people of different sexual orientation. The text of the resolution published on the website of the legislature. The resolution was adopted by majority vote.
MEPs are deeply concerned at reports of detention and torture in Chechnya, people who consider themselves homosexuals, and condemn the statements of the authorities of the Republic deny the existence of gays in Chechnya and inciting violence against the LGBT community, the document says. Denial by the authorities of the Republic to the presence of homosexuals in the region, the authors of the resolution of a recommendatory nature, are called “absolute lies and misinformation.”
The European Parliament urges the authorities to stop the campaign of persecution and immediately release the illegally detained persons. They also called on the Chechen and Russian authorities to observe international commitments to adhere to the principle of the rule of law and universal standards of human rights in order to ensure the safety of vulnerable persons, including members of the LGBT community.
“(The European Parliament) said that President (Vladimir) Putin instructed the Russian Ministry of internal Affairs and the Federal Prosecutor’s office to investigate cases (repression) and calls (Euro)the Commission, member States (EU) and the Council of Europe to provide Russian authorities with documentary and Advisory support in this investigation” (quoted by RIA “Novosti”), the resolution says.
The European Parliament urged to allow international human rights organizations “to conduct a credible investigation of alleged crimes” against members of the LGBT community in Chechnya.
MEPs urged the member countries of the EU to facilitate the granting of asylum to victims of persecution of representatives of sexual minorities in Chechnya and investigating journalists and human rights defenders.
“(The European Parliament) reminded the Russian and Chechen authorities that regional, cultural and religious values should not be used as excuse to justify or implement discrimination, violence, torture and/or detention of individuals or groups of persons, including on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity,” reads the European Parliament resolution.
We will remind, on April 1 in “Novaya Gazeta” published an article, which reported on the mass arrests in Chechnya, people of different sexual orientation. Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov denied the information of the newspaper, and the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, said that no reason not to trust the information about the absence of any persecution of gays presented by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
In turn, the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova proposed to create special group which will consider appeals from gays about violations of their rights. At the meeting with Moskalkova in early may Russian President Vladimir Putin this idea was supported.
The Council at the head of the Chechen Republic on development of civil society and human rights stated that it is not even found indirect evidence for an article about the persecution of homosexuals. The Chechen authorities continue to insist that the Republic did not have homosexuals.