By Derek de Koff
New details have emerged out of the dire situation in Chechnya as a survivor from one of the secret prisons reveals that parents are being told to kill their gay children before the authorities do.
As we reported last month, Chechen leader and ally of Vladimir Putin, Ramzan Kadyrov, authorized six concentration camp for men “suspected of being homosexual.” They’re the world’s first concentration camp for gay people since Hitler’s camps established in the 1930s.
Kadyrov told Putin the camps simply don’t exist, and the Russian leader has reportedly accepted that dismissal despite knowing the full measures of what’s going on there: Kadyrov aspires to wipe out Chechnya’s gay community by month’s end.
Speaking to France24, one survivor said:
“They tell the parents to kill their child. They say, ‘Either you do it, or we will.’ They call it ‘cleaning your honor with blood.’ They tortured a man for two weeks [then] they summoned his parents and brothers who all came. The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.’ They replied: ‘It’s our family. We’ll do it. The family took him and killed him in the forest…They buried him there. They didn’t even give him a funeral. If I go home, my own family will kill me.”
You can watch the France24 report below:
This post was originally published on Queerty and is republished here with permission.
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