Right now we are hearing that LGBTQ+ people's lives in Chechnya are again under threat. Activists in Russia have said that at least 2 people have died and about 40 more people attacked, just because of who they are.[1]

This follows global reports in 2017 that Chechen authorities had been capturing, torturing and killing gay and bisexual men.

No-one should be targeted because of who they are or who they love. LGBTIQ+ rights are human rights -- and LGBTIQ+ people should be protected from harm and free to live their lives in safety, no matter where in the world they live.

With LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya currently in fear for their safety, the Australian government must denounce this latest crackdown and work with foreign authorities to ensure LGBTIQ+ people are safe from violence. If their safety cannot be guaranteed, the Australian government should offer asylum to LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya.

TellĀ Foreign Minister Marise Payne: help protect LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya now. Sign the petition today.

[1] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-15/report-two-killed-40-detained-in-new-gay-purge-in-chechnya/10716184

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