Sinn Féin spokesperson for LGBT rights Senator Fintan Warfield has expressed horror, and deep concern for the safety of gay men in Chechnya.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Warfield said:

“Over a number of days, there have been reports that hundreds of men believed to be gay have been abducted and/or tortured as part of a co-ordinated campaign involving internment camps in Chechnya. Reports also state that a number of individuals believed to be gay have been killed.

“I would condemn in the strongest possible terms any discrimination faced by LGBT people and call for swift action that ensures the safety of any individual who may be at risk in Chechnya , because of their sexual orientation.

“I ask that the Department of Foreign Affairs investigate the reports from Chechnya, that Minister Charlie Flanagan urgently raise the issue with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, and that Minister Charlie Flanagan also raise this issue with his European counterparts.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to support calls from Amnesty International for Russian authorities to carry out prompt, effective and thorough investigations into the reports of abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya.

A Government Minister will address a Seanad Commencement Matter submitted by Senator Warfield tomorrow Wednesday, April 12th.