The UN’s independent LGBT human rights expert has warned of a brewing global crisis amid reports of homophobic purges in several countries. This year there have been a number of crackdowns against the gay community in a string of separate countries across the world. Human rights monitors in Russia have warned about a homophobic purge in the autonomous Chechnya region, with dozens of gay men reportedly killed by authorities and vigilantes while many others were forced to flee. More recently authorities in Egypt launched a crackdown on the gay community, sparked by a ‘moral panic’ over the waving of a rainbow flag at a music concert.
October 27 / Pink News