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Chechnya: Police tell parents to ‘kill your gay children or we will’

Chechnya: Police tell parents to ‘kill your gay children or we will’

Ramzan Kadyrov is the Head of Chechnya's movement

Police in Chechnya are urging parents to kill their gay children, according to a survivor testimony.

Last month news emerged of gay and bi men, including men who are believed to be gay, are being detained in concentration camps.

At first, there was believed to be one camp, but currently there are at least six in operation.

At least 200 men are being held, and at least four have been killed so far.

It has now emerged authorities are allegedly telling parents of gay men to ‘sort it out’ or the state will intervene.

‘We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this,’ the victim, who has not been named, told France24.

‘Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want.’

He continued: ‘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.

‘Police said to them: “Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.”‘

The demonstration was held during a May Day march in St Petersburg, with a group of around 10 protesters arrested near the Anichkov Bridge in the centre of Russia’s second city.

Survivors shared harrowing accounts of torture, in one case by a ‘home-made’ electric chair, and violence in the camps, so they would give up the names of other gay men.

Others have shared testimonies of authorities forcing parents to kill their children.

Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the Chechen government, denied allegations of running concentration camp.

‘You can’t detain and repress people who simply don’t exist in the republic,’ he said.

And Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen Republic, swore to eliminate the country’s gay community ‘by Ramadan’.

Ramadan, Islam’s holy month, begins on 26 May this year.