Even though gays don’t exist there? Gay Star News reports:
Chechnya’s president has vowed to ‘eliminate’ all gay men by the end of May. Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, threatened to rid the area of homosexuality ‘by Ramadan’. Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, begins on 26 May this year.
Speaking to Gay Star News, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson confirmed these claims. The horrifying threat was revealed in Parliament when Sir Alan Duncan, Deputy Foreign Secretary and gay Conservative MP, took urgent questions on the Chechnya’s treatment of gay and bi men.
‘He [Kadyrov] has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community,’ Duncan said in parliament. ‘Sources have said that he wants the community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.’ Kadyrov reportedly made the chilling threats in local Russian language media.
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Mr Duncan told the Commons: ‘The arbitary detention and ill treatment of over 100 men in Chechnya because of their sexual orientation is of the utmost concern to the UK.
He added: ‘Statements by the regional government in Chechnya that appear to condone and incite violence against LGBT people are utterly despicable. ‘We condemn any and all persecution and call on the authorities to promptly investigate and ensure that the perpetrators of human rights abuses are brought to justice.
‘This would be in accordance with international human rights commitments adopted by the Russian government to respect the human rights of all individuals.’
In 2002, Duncan became to the first Tory MP to come out.