U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday, called for an investigation into disturbing allegations of abuse and murder of gay men in the Russian republic of Chechnya, as the brutal crack down in history against homophobia, continues in the country.
Russian opposition newspaper exposed the matter on April 1, the Novaya Gazeta, reported that at least 100 men had been detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation,” adding at least three of these might be dead.
Days later on April 4 the second Novaya Gazeta article published added more than double toll of detained men in homosexuality crime as Muslim-majority region’s anti-LGBTQ efforts also include concentration camps.
Nikki Haley on Monday said, “We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association,” in a statement she wrote. “If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored ― Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.”
She added, “We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”
Numerous LGBTQ rights supporters much embraced the ambassador’s effort. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who suggested Haley for “taking the right step” regarding the bold issue which is a “humanitarian crisis.”
“This is a powerful sign that the U.S. Mission to the United Nations will continue to prioritize LGBTQ acceptance,” Ellis in her email to The Huffington Post, wrote, “and fight discrimination and human rights abuses around the world.”
— Sarah Kate Ellis (@sarahkateellis) April 17, 2017
“A comprehensive international response to the situation in Chechnya is crucial to asserting the international community’s values and advancing human rights,” Elisa Massimino, the group’s president and CEO, had written in a letter addressed to Nikki Haley, on Monday.
“I strongly support your initiative to use the U.S. presidency of the U.N. Security Council to advance international thinking on the clear links between upholding universal values and the maintenance of international peace and security, and hope that you will use this effort to call attention to an ongoing outrage that has no place in the modern world,” she added.
A large number of international community strongly condemned the act of Chechen government. Former Vice President Joe Biden on 14 April, said he was “disgusted and appalled” by these reports. In his Tweet he said.
“When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of every person of conscience to speak out—to oppose this campaign of violence before it continues further.”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 14, 2017