Avaaz calls for action against Chechnya’s crackdown on gay people

Chechnya is rounding up gay people and taking them to torture centres, and it's as horrific as it sounds. Men are being electrocuted, tortured until they reveal names of other gay people, and beaten so badly that some have died, says the rights group Avaaz.

Avaaz is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people shape global decision-making.

It says targeting gay people and dragging them into prisons is like something the Nazis would do. It’s both terribly upsetting and infuriating, but there's a plan to stop it.

Avaaz will amplify the call of brave local activists in the media and use our massive global outcry to force an end to the crackdown. Sign the petition and tell everyone - let’s get to one million:

Close the gay torture centres

It's almost too horrific to believe, but Chechnya has long been controlled by a brutal human rights abuser, backed by Russia. When asked about the torture centres, his officials denied the existence of gay people at all. Saying: "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return."
And now the well respected International Crisis Group has confirmed reports from people who've escaped from the centres, and they're releasing the information to get global attention.

So much of what’s happening in the world right now feels out of our control. But each day we have a choice - either sit back and watch the horror unfold, or do something about it. Together, let’s choose action, love and unity, and let’s channel it towards the terrified families in Chechnya who risk losing a loved one.

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