Anti-gay tortures renewed in Chechnya

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Gay men in Chechnya have been illegally detained, beaten and humiliated by police in a renewed anti-gay crackdown, according to a new report. Four men who spoke to Human Rights Watch from Chechnya revealed that they were detained in winter and the police officers abused them by beating with sticks and pipes and using electroshock. One of the men reported being raped with a stick by police. The men told HRW that they were interrogated and tortured and that police demanded them to tell the names of other gay men they know. One of the men said police outed him to his family and told them that they must have killed him. The men also said they were denied food and were given limited access to water during the time they spent in custody. They also complained on the verbal abuse. In an interview with HRW, one of the men said: “They made me kneel on the floor and put metal clips on my thumbs, he turned the knob [of the electric shock device], first slowly and then faster and faster… With every turn, my hands bounced up and excruciating pain went through them.”

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