Moskalkova: reports of abductions of gays in Chechnya similar to the false accusation

Information about the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya may be a provocation and false accusation, said the Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatiana Moskalkova. According to her, the investigation of the situation should be brought to the end that no one speculated on it.

The Commissioner for human rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova said she has doubts about the veracity of the allegations of missing persons based on sexual orientation in Chechnya, reports «Interfax».

According to her, the information set forth in «Novaya Gazeta», may be a provocation and false accusation. At the meeting with deputies of the state Duma Committee on civil society development, public and religious associations, she stressed that will bring this situation to end. «What is it, really hurt people, or someone wants to speculate on this?», she said.

Moskalkova also stressed that for further evaluation of her is hampered by the lack of specific names of people who allegedly suffered in Chechnya. However, she noted that her data you need promise to provide. In addition, she has the opportunity to go and see all the necessary documents.

The «law on the protection of witnesses and victims in the criminal process gives the opportunity for privacy protection, only nine measures of protection, it suggests that the country has created the opportunity for people who are afraid to defend,» — said Moskalkova.

In addition, the Ombudsman noted that abroad come from requests that there is information according to which, in Chechnya, allegedly lost more than 100 representatives of different sexual orientation. Among addressed it named the Secretary General of the Council of Europe thorbjørn Jagland, the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights Nils Muiznieks and the UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid al-Hussein.

According to her, she made five requests, including the Prosecutor General, the Investigative Committee, the interior Ministry and the Prosecutor’s office of Chechnya. All agencies replied that no such crimes are not registered.

In addition, she stressed that she talked to the initiators. «It was stated about the loss and the two prisons with specific addresses in the town of Argun that there is supposedly a torture zone. I, having no interaction with human rights defenders, appeal to them to the journalists who work there, they leave the place, checking every corner — is untrue,» — said Moskalkova.

Earlier during the meeting with President of Russia Vladimir Putin and head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said that recent media information about the detention and killings of civilians in the Republic, is not true. In particular, the Chechen leader noted that one referred to in article people, who allegedly was killed, found at home alive and healthy. «These are unconfirmed facts in the Republic are in year two or three times», — said Kadyrov.

On the eve of April 19, Moskalkova said that the facts of kidnapping of people with different sexual orientation in Chechnya was not detected. According to her, she asked for the necessary information to the departments and representatives of human rights community.



Moskalkova: reports of abductions of gays in Chechnya similar to the false accusation 21.04.2017

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