Persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic (Russian Federation)
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 27 June 2018 (24th Sitting) (see Doc. 14572, report of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination,
rapporteur: Mr Piet De Bruyn). Text adopted
by the Assembly on 27 June 2018 (24th Sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to its Resolution 2230
on the persecution of LGBTI people in the Chechen
Republic. In 2017, a campaign of persecution unfolded against the
backdrop of serious, systematic and widespread discrimination and
violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex
(LGBTI) people in the Chechen Republic and resulted in abductions,
arbitrary detentions, torture, beatings, intimidation and harassment.
Considering that all forms of persecution, hate speech, discrimination
and harassment on any ground, including sexual orientation and gender
identity, should be condemned in the strongest terms and should
not go unpunished, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of
call on the Russian
Federation to comply with the recommendations laid down in Assembly Resolution 2230 (2018)
2.2 in the event of the Russian Federation failing to conduct
an investigation within a reasonable lapse of time, consider launching
a Council of Europe investigation into the campaign of persecution against
LGBTI people which took place in 2017 in the Chechen Republic.
3. The Assembly recommends that when reviewing its Recommendation
CM/Rec(2010)5 on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of
sexual orientation or gender identity, the Committee of Ministers
pay special attention to homophobic and transphobic hate speech,
including by politicians, and its impact on discrimination on the
grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and hate crimes
against LGBTI people.