The US Has Banned Chechnya Leader for Violating Human Rights

The US Has Banned Chechnya Leader for Violating Human Rights

The United States has officially banned Chechnya’s Putin-placed leader Ramzan Kadyrov as a result of violating human rights. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that under Kadyrov’s orders gay men were being rounded up “concentration camp” style, tortured, and some even killed in a way to “purify” the country of homosexuality. These reports were enough for the United States to issue sanctions against him and to use the 2012 Magnitsky Act to withhold issuing visas to him and his government. The office of Foreign Assets Control also said that Kadyrov is essentially “responsible for extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

In a statement,”As the head of the Chechen Republic, Kadyrov oversees an administration involved in disappearances and extra-judicial killings. One of Kadyrov’s political opponents was believed to have been murdered at Kadyrov’s direction, after making allegations of torture and ill-treatment taking place in Chechnya, including alleged torture carried out by Kadyrov personally.”


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