18 Julio 2017 14:37
Apparently no gay people live in Chechnya, according to their leader
The fight for LGBT rights may have won in some parts of the world, but homophobia is still very much alive in the world.
Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, confirmed once again that his government is extremely anti-gay after he insulted homeosexual people during a TV interview.Amid recent allegations that there is currently a brutal crackdown on gay people in the North Caucasus region, Kadyrov denied that there were any LGBT people living in the republic, and that if there were, they should be removed and sent to Canada. Speaking on HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’, the leader spluttered: 'We don’t have such people (gay people) here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far away from us. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.’ However, he vehemently denied claims that gay people were under attack in Chechnya. Witnesses living in the area have claimed that hundreds of gay men are being held and abused in detention centres simply because of their sexual identity. Some Russian LGBT activists helped detainees escape and personal accounts have given credence to the reports. Back in April, a Chechen government spokesperson called the accusations ‘an absolute lie’, also proclaiming that no gay men live in the republic. Such rejections were echoed by the leader when HBO’s David Scott asked him whether reports of detention centre torture trouble him. ‘They (gay people) made it up. They are devils, They are for sale. They are subhuman. ... They will have to answer to the almighty for this," Kadyrov replied. Although homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, widespread homophobia is still an everyday occurrence. A European court ruled last month that the country’s so-called ‘gay propaganda law’ is discriminatory, promotes homophobia and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.