LGBT People Under Attack: Raids in Belarus, Murder in Chechnya, Registration of Gays in Central Asia
The LGBTQI community is under assault in Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia. The most recent crackdown in the region was this past weekend’s raids of nightclubs popular with the LGBT community in Belarus, during which two clubs were shuttered, and patrons were harassed—and in some cases detained—by police. “The reports out of Belarus are alarming. It is alarming that police targeted legal businesses, violated the privacy of their patrons, demanded personal information, and dragged some away to detention,” said Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord. “This appears to be the latest example of increased persecution of LGBT communities in the region—following egregious cases in Chechnya, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan.” These reports come on the heels of reports that Chechen singer and entertainer Zelim Bakaev (photo), who had disappeared in August, had been tortured and murdered by the security services of Chechnya's strongman president, Ramzan Kadyrov.
October 27 / New Civil Rights Movement