The speaker of the Chechen Parliament responded to the allegations of harassment of gays

© RIA Novosti / said to Carnaveral in fotobanka Daudov. Archival photoThe speaker of the Chechen Parliament responded to the allegations of harassment of gays© RIA Novosti / said to Carnaveral the image Bank

The speaker of the Chechen Parliament Magomed Daudov has denied his participation in the persecution of gays in the country, adding that he was «ready for any investigative proceedings.»

International Human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday published a report on the persecution of gays in Chechnya, it is based on interviews with victims men, journalists and experts who were victims.

«I’m ready for any investigative proceedings», — he wrote on his page in Instagram.

Publication from M. H. Daudov «Lord» (@lord_095) May 26th 2017 at 3:06 PDT

 

He added that «I did not raise a hand against a defenseless people, even if you despise them.»

In the beginning of April, «Novaya Gazeta» has published an article which said about the mass detention in Chechnya residents based on sexual orientation. Press Secretary of the head of Chechnya, Alvi Karimov denied the information of the newspaper, and the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, said that no reason not to trust the information about the absence of any persecution of gays presented by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in the course of communication with the President Vladimir Putin. The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova said that he had received from the publication of the names of people who allegedly were subjected to repression due to sexual orientation, and sent a letter to the head of SK.

Prosecutors and other law enforcement bodies of Chechnya organized inspection after the publication in «Novaya Gazeta», it was stated in the answer of the press service of the Prosecutor General to the request of RIA Novosti. Kadyrov said earlier that the leadership and law enforcement bodies of Chechnya are ready to cooperate with Federal authorities to verify the media reports on the situation of sexual minorities, but no official statements about their harassment still has not been received. He stressed that «this phenomenon is not typical for the Chechen people.» Council under the head of Chechnya for the development of civil society and human rights stated that it is not even found indirect evidence for an article about the persecution of homosexuals in the country. In a statement, the HRC emphasizes that in Chechnya appreciate human life», regardless of racial, national, religious and other peculiarities of the personality».

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