More horrifying details are coming out of Chechnya. We’re now finding out that families of gay and bisexual men are invited to prison sites to kill their relatives.
‘Kill your loved ones or we will anyway,’ is the message authorities have reportedly sent.
“They tell the parents to kill their child,” said one man who managed to escape. “They say, ‘Either you do it or we will.’ They call it, ‘Cleaning your honor with blood.’”
Some have apparently committed the act.
“They tortured a man for two weeks,” he said. “They summoned his parents and his brothers who all came. They said to them, ‘Your son is a homosexual. Sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.’ They replied, ‘It’s our family, we’ll do it.’ The family took him and killed him in the forest. They buried him there. They didn’t even give him a funeral.”
Now free, the man believes nonetheless that if he returned home he would suffer the same fate from his family.
“We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this.”
“Now they arrest everyone. They kill people. They do whatever they want. They know that nobody will come after them. Because the order has come from above to ‘cleanse the nation’ of people like us.”
Chechen officials continue to deny these and other reports.
You can watch the unnamed man’s interview below.