Canadian charity Rainbow Railroad reports that it has helped 35 gay and bisexual Chechen men travel to parts of the world where they are safer. Earlier this year, the Chechen government began an organized campaign of persecution against gay and bisexual men, imprisoning more than a hundred and killing at least 26. This is great news, and I’m glad to have been part of that by raising funds for Rainbow Railroad and the Russian LGBT Network through Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.
Rainbow Railroad said in a statement:
In response to the confirmed reports of abductions, detentions, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths targeting over 200 gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, Rainbow Railroad immediately went to action to assist those in danger. Rainbow Railroad has been working closely with the Russian LGBT Network, a non-governmental organization currently leading the campaign to rescue those facing danger in Chechnya.
As of July 2017, 37 individuals have escaped into safe houses in Russia, and would like to leave the country. Rainbow Railroad is providing direct travel assistance and has already negotiated safe travel for 35 individuals with a commitment to supporting everyone of them.
This includes asking the Canadian government to provide direct assistance to LGBTQ people who need our help in Chechnya and other countries by way of emergency visas. We are currently in active communication with the government. Rainbow Railroad is the only organization in the world providing this direct assistance, as it has the unique capacity to respond to this and other similar crises that may occur.
Source: Rainbow Railroad
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