June 29, 2017

CHECHYNA: Muslim Chechyna Opens First Concentration Camp For Homosexuals Since Hitler. ๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜  Why? Because This Is Islam. Not The Lies Told To LGBT Community. :/

Jihad Watch
written and shared by Robert Spencer
April 10, 2017

They’re not killing them outright: they must be moderates. The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: “And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’…And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84)

Muhammad specifies the punishment for this in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)

More on this story. “Chechnya opens world’s first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler’s in the 1930s where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death,” by Thomas Burrows, MailOnline, April 10, 2017:

Chechyna has opened the first concentration camp for homosexuals since Hitler, where campaigners say gay men are being tortured with electric shocks and beaten to death.

It comes after it was claimed 100 gay men had been detained and three killed in Chechnya last week.

A report by Novoya Gazeta said authorities had set up several camps where homosexuals are killed or forced to promise to leave the republic.

One of the camps is reportedly at the former military headquarters in the town of Argun.

Svetlana Zakharova, from the Russian LGBT Network, told MailOnline: ‘Gay people have been detained and rounded up and we are working to evacuate people from the camps and some have now left the region.

‘Those who have escaped said they are detained in the same room and people are kept altogether, around 30 or 40. They are tortured with electric currents and heavily beaten, sometimes to death.’

One of those who escaped told Novoya Gazeta that prisoners were beaten to force them to reveal other members of the gay community.

Another prisoner who fled said that before being incarcerated in one of the camps, he had been forced to pay bribes to Chechen police of thousands of rubles every month in order to survive.

Now the regime had taken another step against gays by creating these camps, the survivor said.

Alexander Artemyev, from Amnesty International in Russia, told MailOnline: ‘We can only call on the Russian authorities to investigate the allegations. Homosexuals in Chechyna are treated very harshly and prosecuted daily and they are afraid to talk about it.

‘They either have to hide or leave the republic. We are keeping in touch with the LGBT network that helps people in Russia to find shelter. The problem is people there cannot talk about it as it puts their lives and those they speak to, in danger. This is the main issue we are facing in Russia and the main challenge.’

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, Russia project director for the International Crisis Group, told MailOnline: ‘The story is very much developing…victims are escaping.’

Tanya Lokshina, from Human Rights Watch in Moscow, said: ‘For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya.

‘These days, very few people in Chechnya dare speak to human rights monitors or journalists even anonymously because the climate of fear is overwhelming and people have been largely intimidated into silence.

‘Filing an official complaint against local security officials is extremely dangerous, as retaliation by local authorities is practically inevitable.

‘It is difficult to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya, where homophobia is intense and rampant. LGBT people are in danger not only of persecution by the authorities but also of falling victim to “honour killings” by their own relatives for tarnishing family honour.’

Last week Novoya Gazeta said Chechen police had rounded up more than 100 men suspected of being gay and killed three.

It claimed that among those detained were well-known local television personalities and religious figures.

President Razman [sic] Kadyrov, who is a key ally of Vladimir Putin, allegedly ordered the clampdown, although officially his regime denied the arrests claiming ‘it is impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic’.
Jihad Watch
written and shared by Robert Spencer
April 14, 2017

“’It is obvious to us that this resolution is pushing religious fanatics to massacre journalists,’ said Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board.”

Yes. Specifically, Islamic jihadists.

When have you ever heard Jewish or Christian clerics, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of 15,000, calling for “retribution” against anyone? Yet moral equivalence allegations abound.

“Novaya Gazeta: Religious leaders encourage retaliation against journalists at Grozny mosque meeting,” Novaya Gazeta, April 14, 2017:

The newspaper Novaya Gazeta has urged the Russian government to respond to calls for retaliation against journalists voiced, the editors claim, by Islamic theologians in Chechnya on April 3.

The meeting in the central mosque of Grozny was convened in connection with the publication of Novaya Gazeta’s article on the persecution of homosexuals in the Chechen Republic. According to the publication Grozny-Inform, 15,000 people attended the meeting.

Meeting participants adopted a resolution in which they declared that the Novaya Gazeta journalists had “insulted the centuries-old foundations of Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men,” as well as their faith. “We promise that the true instigators will be subjected to retribution, wherever and whoever they are, without statute of limitations,” the resolution read.

“It is obvious to us that this resolution is pushing religious fanatics to massacre journalists,” said Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board.
NBC News
written by Mary Emily O'Hara
Tuesday June 27, 2017

Congress passed a bipartisan resolution on Tuesday condemning anti-LGBTQ persecution and violence in Chechnya.

House resolution 351 was introduced on May 23 by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who has an out transgender son and is a frequent advocate for LGBTQ rights. Ros-Lehtinen is also a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus.

The resolution calls on the Russian Federation to investigate and halt the reported state violence against gay and bisexual men in Chechnya and asks the United States government to "demand the release of individuals wrongly detained."

After the resolution passed, Ros-Lehtinen had strong words for the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We will continue to stand united with the LGBT community and shine a bright light on these atrocities, which are encouraged by the evil Putin regime in Russia, in order to help ensure that those who are responsible for these crimes are held to account for their despicable actions," Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement.

Other members of the House LGBT Equality Caucus celebrated the passage on Tuesday.

“I’m proud that the House passed this strong resolution condemning the recent violence targeting gay men in Chechnya. Now, it’s critical that we do more to ensure those fleeing horrific violence can relocate somewhere safe,” LGBT Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island, said. “This is an important step, but there is much more work left to be done.”

On Twitter, the LGBT Equality Caucus called on President Donald Trump to follow its lead.
The House resolution comes nearly three months after the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta first reported that members of Chechen law enforcement were targeting gay and bisexual men. According to reports gathered by journalists and the Russian LGBT Network, an advocacy nonprofit, roughly 100 LGBTQ men were initially captured by authorities and taken to a detention center where they were beaten and tortured — sometimes to death.

Men who escaped the reported anti-LGBTQ persecution campaign in Chechnya fled to Russia, telling reporters and human rights organizations the harrowing details of the abuses they'd faced at the hands of what they believed were police and the military.

"They dragged me out of the car, started to beat me, humiliate me," said a Chechen man named Ilya in an interview with French news agency Agence-France Presse (AFP). "They were saying that I was a f****t, a gay person and that such people shouldn’t exist in Chechnya."

As the news spread, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations issued statements condemning the reported violence and calling on Russia to investigate.

Now, the House LGBT Equality Caucus wants the White House to take action.

"It is now up to President Trump, Secretary of State Tillerson, and our United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to follow through on the consensus of the House," LGBT Equality Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Alan Lowenthal said, "and bring as much domestic and international political pressure as possible on the Russian government to rein in these deplorable human rights violations.”

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