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Monday, 1 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Implementation of the Council's LGBTI Guidelines in relation to the situation in Chechnya

  Lynn Boylan, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group. – Mr President, today we are discussing Chechnya one year on, and not as an historical event but as an ongoing atrocity. We do not know how many people are still detained in Chechnya; all we know is that their detention and torture continues for not only perceived gay men but also trans women. We know this because of the frontline responders and NGOs who are working on the ground. When news of the appalling situation of abduction, imprisonment and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya was made public, it was rightly met with strong international condemnation.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Ms Mogherini, was part of the international chorus demanding that Russia take action on this dreadful situation.

Yet one year on it is clear that condemnation alone is not enough. The EU must act as a defender of LGBTI rights, as it is obliged to under international law.

To date, Russia has not conducted any meaningful investigations into these abuses, effectively allowing the perpetrators to carry on with impunity while victims continue to flee.

The EU and its Member States must put more pressure on the Chechen and Russian authorities. We need to put concrete action behind the LGBTI guidelines in EU policy. The guidelines state how the EU can uphold LGBTI rights by encouraging states to acknowledge LGBTI—phobic violence, to work with civil society and government, to prosecute perpetrators and, of course, the EU should offer sanctuary for those who feel the need to flee.

Last updated: 8 April 2019Legal notice