December 18, 2017
Homosexuals persecuted in Chechnya: the silence of the International Criminal Court
On May 16, 2017, the Idaho France Committee and two other NGOs filed a complaint of genocide against Chechen President, Ramzan Kadyrov, at the International Criminal Court.
"Seven months have passed and we still have no news from the International Criminal Court. And this is despite great activity among NGOs and civil society in both the United States and Europe. This silence of the ICC is incomprehensible" says Alexandre Marcel, head of the Idaho France Committee, who continues:
"Persecuted homosexuals in Chechnya are an abandoned cause because of our limited possibilities for action. Only 30 Chechen homosexuals have managed to flee Chechnya, taking refuge in Europe or Canada. ».
Unlike the 75 countries that criminalise homosexuality, Chechnya does not formally condemn homosexuals since President, Ramzan Kadyrov, believes that " homosexuality does not exist in our country ".
The Idaho France Committee asks the international community to help clarify the situation in Chechnya and not to be indirectly complicit in genocide.
We ask the media, NGOs and political leaders to respond to this situation, which is a serious attack on human rights.
Comité Idaho France
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