A U.S. State Department spokesperson said in a statement provided on background to Buzzfeed that the department could not comment on the visa denials. “As visa records are confidential under U.S. law, we are unable to discuss individual cases.”
thenewcivilrightsmovement.com: Trump State Department Denying Visas for Gay Men Fleeing Chechnya’s Kidnappings, Torture and Murders – The New Civil Rights Movement
Following is from me personally: Per other media sources, the British Minister of State and Foreign Affairs says Chechnya’s Leader Ramzan Kadyrov has “carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community. Sources have said that he wants the [LGBT] community eliminated by the start of Ramadan.” Ramadan is a Muslim religious observance that begins May 27, 2017.
This breaks my heart and brings me to tears. I’m trying to do what I can to help these men, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Be aware. Know that in many parts of the world people who are in power commit acts of violence against LGBTQ – and against many other people – for religious and other reasons. Help Stop the Violence.
Please join me and others in urging President Trump to review the Visa considerations for those who applied and condemn the persecution, kidnapping, torture and murder of Gay men in Chechnya.
See below from the Human Rights Campaign, Thank You.
|from care2.com THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
Across Chechnya, dozens of men have been rounded up, detained in camps, humiliated, tortured and even killed because authorities suspect they’re gay. Some in the media are likening this systematic hunting of the LGBTQ community to the Holocaust. It’s not an entirely hyperbolic comparison.
Russian officials have declined to intervene. Chechen authorities have dodged and obfuscated. They’ve denied not only the arrests and detentions, but even that gay people exist in Chechnya at all. The sad truth is if their extermination campaign goes unchecked, someday soon that could be true.
We can’t just sit by while an entire community is terrorized and wiped out for being themselves. When we talk about American leadership, this is it. It’s defense of freedom of expression, human rights and equality. These are American values that transcend our politics and our president.
Every day our government fails to strongly and unequivocally condemn this torture, we lose not just our international respect, but a bit of what it means to be American.