Gay men and children face persecution as part of an anti-LGBT purge in the Russian region.
By Lydia Smith
Updated May 3, 2017 11:53 BST
“Chechen authorities have reportedly instructed parents to kill their gay children, according to an account told by a survivor.
The individual, who escaped one of the LGBT prison camps in the southern Russian region of Chechnya, told France 24 that parents had been told to “sort it out” or risk persecution and death at the hands of the authorities.
“They tell the parents to kill their child. They say, ‘Either you do it, or we will,'” he said, speaking anonymously. “They call it: ‘Cleaning your honour with blood.’
“They tortured a man for two weeks [then] they summoned his parents and brothers who all came.
“The authorities said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves’.”
The victim added: “We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this.
“Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want.”
Hundreds of gay men are being abducted, tortured and killed in an anti-LGBT purge in the conservative republic.” – IBT