Toronto charity helping persecuted LGBTQ community in Chechnya |

A human rights crisis is unfolding in Chechnya with numerous reports of alleged raids targeting the LGBTQ community.

“We have reports of about 200 people have been detained in multiple camps. There are reports of people being beaten, tortured and even murdered,” Kimahli Powell, executive director of Rainbow Railroad told Global News.

A few Chechen men shared their stories in a Facebook video by Human Rights First entitled #EyesOnChechnya. …

“It’s either hide like rats and or be killed, it’s not a life anyone would want,” Bassel McLeash, who recently immigrated here from Syria and was helped by Rainbow Railroad, told Global News. He said he can relate to men in Chechnya

Read the full article at Toronto charity helping persecuted LGBTQ community in Chechnya – Toronto | Globalnews.caPlease note it includes descriptions of torture.

Learn how to help at Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens.

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