Gay Chechens Trying to Escape Russia Denied Visas by U.S.
19 May, 2017, 05:31 | Author: Jonathon Greene
US State Department officials will neither confirm nor deny this, but Sveltlana Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian LGBT Network, confirmed the news to Buzzfeed.
BuzzFeed News reports that the us has denied visas to Chechens who tried to flee their country amid a wave of violence against gay men.
Novaya Gazetafirst reported in March that around 100 gay men had been rounded up by police and detained in what is widely being referred to as a modern-day "concentration camp".
According to the document, the European Parliament members "are deeply concerned at reports of arbitrary detention and torture of men perceived to be gay in Chechnya (Russian Federation) and condemn Chechen government statements denying the existence of homosexuals in their country and inciting violence against" LGBT people.
The Russian LGBT Network have been working hard to help men escape the persecution, and have so far managed to get 40 people into hiding in other areas of Russia. Linkevičius told media that his government "issued visas to two people from Chechnya who were persecuted due to their sexual orientation". There are reportedly many more seeking asylum from persecution-but they won't find it in the U.S. They called for "immediate, independent, objective and thorough investigation" and asked "the Commission, the member states and the Council of Europe to support Russian Federation in this investigation". "As visa records are confidential under USA law, we are unable to discuss individual cases".
"For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya".
But a spokesperson for the Russia LGBT Network emailed BuzzFeed News on Tuesday to say that they "were informed that the U.S.is not going to issue visas for people from Chechnya".
Haley said that the troubling reports coming from Chechnya "cannot be ignored, " and yet that is exactly what we are doing by turning them away.
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