With at least 200 gay men being held in concentration-camp-like areas throughout Chechnya, the violence toward the gay community seems to be escalating with new reports that police are urging parents to kill their gay children. This message comes from a survivor’s testimony who has brought to light some of the atrocities currently going on in the Russian federal district. There are believed to be at least six camps in operation and the world seems to be slowly allowing this to happen.
“We’ve always been persecuted, but never like this,” a survivor told France24. “Now they arrest everyone. They kill people, they do whatever they want…they tell the parents to kill their child. They say “Either you do it, or we will.” They call it: “Cleaning your honor with blood. They tortured a man for two weeks then they summoned his parents and brothers who all came. Police said to them: ‘Your son is a homosexual – sort it out or we’ll do it ourselves.'”