As we have been told repeatedly, there are no gays in Chechnya. None at all. Zilch. Ne rien. Absolutely none at all. There can’t be a round-up of gay men, because there are none in Chechnya.
And six prisons are full of them.
Reports had initially centred on two jails in the villages of Argun and Tsotsi-Yurt. But Novaya Gazeta, the respected Russian newspaper that made the initial claims, now says there are a further four prisons illegally holding men for their sexual orientation, reports the Daily Mail.
The men, who face torture in jail, are only released once their families offer bribes to police.
A group of 53 people have been charged in Nigeria after they were arrested last week from what police say was a party celebrating an unofficial gay wedding.
The group pleaded not guilty to charges relating to conspiracy, unlawfully assembly and membership in an unlawful society.
The defendants were mostly students who are alleged to have been illegally detained for more than 24 hours.
LGBT-rights activists refute the police’s report that the men were celebrating a same-sex wedding, saying the event in the northern city of Zaria was a birthday party.
Two men in Indonesia, aged 20 and 23, face up to 100 strokes of the cane each after neighbours reported them to Shariah police for having gay sex.
The men were reported to police by residents in the country’s conservative Aceh province on March 29.
The chief investigator said the two men had “confessed” to being a gay couple and that this was supported by video footage taken by a neighbour.
Gay men are being tortured and murdered in Chechen prisons, detainees have alleged. Detainees told Novaya Gazeta they were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s spokesman called it “absolute lies and disinformation” and suggested there are no homosexuals in the Muslim-majority region. “You cannot detain and persecute people who simply do not exist in the republic,” he told the Interfax news agency.
Victims told Novaya Gazeta they were beaten with sticks, forced to sit on bottles and had their hands electrocuted.
“Several times a day we were taken out and beaten,” said one. “Their main aim was to find out your circle of contacts — in their minds if you are a suspect then your circle of contacts are all gay. They kept our phones switched on. Any man who calls or texts is a new target.”
Over the past week, men ranging in age from 16 to 50 have disappeared from the streets of Chechnya. At the weekend, a leading Russian opposition newspaper confirmed that the Chechen authorities are arresting, and alleged that they are killing, gay men.
Abuses by security services in the region have long been a stain on President Vladimir Putin’s human rights record, but until now gay people had not been targeted on a large scale.
The unknown number of gay men were detained “in connection with their nontraditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such,” said newspaper Novaya Gazeta, citing Russian federal law enforcement officials, who blamed the local authorities.
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Gordon Larmour, a Christian evangelist, was accused of a hate crime and locked up in a cell after telling the story of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality.
The street preacher referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children. He was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour “aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation” – despite not swearing or using any form of offensive language, spent a night in custody and faced a six-month ordeal before a sheriff cleared him of any blame.
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Ivory Coast’s authorities have refused to explain why Yann and Abdoul, two gay men, were sentenced to 18 months in prison in November 2016, as homosexuality is supposed to be legal there.
This is the first time gay men have been prosecuted for acts related to their sexuality in Ivory Coast.
Yann and Abdoul were arrested in October last year after Abdoul’s uncle, who walked in on the pair having sex, filed a complaint for “public indecency” with the gendarmerie.
In court, the men admitted the facts, stating that they had been lovers for a long time and that they did not see how their conduct constituted an offence.
The prosecutor accused the pair of an “unnatural and indecent act”, arguing that sexual intercourse between people of the same sex should be “sanctioned”.
Gay couples can be prosecuted for public acts of indecency. Speaking from Sassandra prison, Yann said the pair were “convicted in an unjust manner”. “If there is no law that that condemns it, I don’t understand how we could have been convicted.”
UK police are reviewing the deaths of dozens men who used sex-enhancing drugs, amid concerns that cases previously dismissed as drug overdoses may be further victims of serial killer Stephen Port.
The Metropolitan Police Service told CNN they had identified at least 58 deaths from poisoning by the date rape drug GHB between June 2011 and October 2015 — the period in which Port carried out his crimes.
“It is not known if these deaths were related to chemsex activities. In many cases police involvement was limited with the matter dealt with by the coroner,” a police spokesman told CNN. “A review of these deaths is now under way to establish any suspicious circumstances.”
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In a landmark legal case,David Cary, a gay man has won a nine-year legal battle with the Metropolitan Police after the force admitted it failed to investigate alleged homophobic abuse.
Mr Cary sued the force for discrimination, claiming it did not properly investigate allegations he was verbally abused by a neighbour in 2007.
It amounted to discrimination on the grounds of his sexuality, he claimed.
The case was due to be decided in the Court of Appeal, but Scotland Yard has apologised and agreed to compensation.
The case dated back to February 2007, when Mr Cary told police he had been verbally abused by a neighbour as he rode home on his bicycle.
According to Mr Cary, he was called a “poof” and a “queer”. However, officers investigated the report and decided to take no further action. Mr Cary began legal action against both the Met and the IPCC in January 2010.
Ugandan police prevented organizers from holding a gay pride parade on the orders of a government minister.
Frank Mugisha, a gay rights leader in Uganda, said police blocked organizers from staging the event at two locations outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
More than 100 LGBT people turned up for the event today at a beach on Lake Victoria. Most of them were ordered into minibuses and escorted by police to Kampala.