March 29 marks the day, one year ago, when the Russian LGBT Network first learned of the organized detention and execution of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. Since then, their staff, volunteers, and member organizations have helped relocate 100 Chechens persecuted for the sexual orientation or gender identity to safer countries—often putting their own lives at risk
But the federal government in Russia has yet to open an official investigation into the human rights violations.
So the Russian LGBT Network is asking people around the world to show their solidarity with persecuted Chechens and those supporting them by creating short videos with words of encouragement for the survivors, then post them to social media with the hashtag #100forJustice through March 29, the Chechen LGBT Day of Remembrance.
You can call on the Russian government to investigate the deaths, talk about why this issue is important to you, or simply state your support for LGBT Chechens and the work the Russian LGBT Network is doing.
I look forward to watching your videos on March 29! Let the word know you support LGBT Chechens by recording a short video and posting it to social media with the tag #100forJustice. Click To Tweet
Here’s a copy of the email the Russian LGBT Network sent to announce the campaign:
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