Trump Administration Sits on Hands As Chechnya Disappears LGBT People

May 2018
Trump Administration Sits on Hands As Chechnya Disappears LGBT People

"A violent crackdown on LGBT people in the Russian region of Chechnya has resulted in the arrest and torture of dozens of people so far. Advocates, attorneys, and activists say that the Trump administration’s assault on the asylum system—exacerbated by the recent federal government shutdown—is complicating efforts to save others from a similar fate.

“If you are from Chechnya, the horrible things that are happening in that area of Russia warrant a pretty strong asylum claim,” said Aaron Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, a nonprofit that advocates for LGBT people in the immigration system where one in four clients is from Central Asia. “But they’re changing how hard it is to get your day in court.”

In the two years since the anti-gay purges began there, not a single LGBT Chechen has received asylum in the United States.

Last week, the Department of State released a statement in response to reports of increasing violence against LGBT Chechens, calling on the Kremlin “to live up to its international obligations and commitments and its own constitution, and launch an immediate investigation into these human rights abuses.”

Asked to specify what pressure the United States has placed on the Kremlin to investigate the purges, a State Department spokesperson did not return requests for comment. The office of Heather Nauert, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as the next United Nations ambassador, did not respond to requests for comment on whether any formal plans are being made to push for such an investigation, or the release of those who are illegally detained."

Anyone surprised? This is what the right wants in the US. Don't think for one second it isn't.
Apr 2013
La La Land North
Well, most of those Chechens are Muslims after all. Can't allow "that kind" into the purity of the US.
Sep 2017
Hey Lee,

Were you flinging feces at the Obama Administration when Hamas was tossing your brethren off the rooftops in Gaza? Or when were they executed in China and had their organs taken out and sold?

The list is endless. Isolating Trump is simply nothing more than INTENTIONAL pettiness. If you want to further your cause, think beyond Trump.
Likes: Sabcat
Jul 2018
Are we supposed to be the world's policeman? If people don't want to be purged then they need to purge the people who want to purge them. It's not our job to go broke dying for them.
Sep 2015
Stage Left
this criminal administration has done so much to ignore abuses of LGBTQ people around the world, and to try and hurt LGBTQ Americans as well. trying to compare this bunch of animals to the Obama administration is beyond laughable...