HRC's giant projection challenges Trump, Putin on anti-LGBTQ crime in Chechnya Video below from an HRC news release 2018-07-16
HELSINKI Today, just ahead of tomorrow's Trump-Putin summit, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization projected an enormous message on the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian republic of Chechnya. For more than 15 months, Donald Trump and his administration have refused to publicly condemn the systematic torture, abuse, and murder of LGBTQ people occurring in Chechnya as Vladimir Putin has licensed the violence to continue. More than a 100 LGBTQ people have been rounded up, tortured, and abused and as many as 20 have been murdered.
HRC's message was projected onto the side of the Presidential Palace where Monday's summit will take place. Video of the scrolling message below.
Trump and Putin: Stop the Crimes Against Humanity in Chechnya
Investigate LGBTQ Persecution in Chechnya
Bring the Perpetrators to Justice
The Whole World is Watching
Silence is Deadly
Earlier in the day on Sunday, HRC Global Director Ty Cobb also spoke at a rally ( twitter.com/HRC/status/1018540697492819970 ) in Helsinki to crowds gathered in protest of the Trump-Pence and Putin regimes' dangerous attacks on LGBTQ people.
"Trump has unconscionably turned a blind eye to some of the worst anti-LGBTQ atrocities in a generation, including monstrous attacks on gay and bisexual men in Chechnya," said Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global. "HRC is here in Helsinki to demand Donald Trump end his deafening silence, publicly condemn these Chechen crimes against humanity, and call on Putin to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice."
"We are grateful to all people and organizations who support our work in Chechnya. International attention is essential to putting pressure on Russian authorities to take action," said Igor Kochetkov, chair of the Russian LGBT Network, Russia's largest network of organizations fighting for LGBT human rights. "Russian authorities' deny even the mere existence of LGBT people in Chechnya, but with continued international pressure, we aim to stop the persecution, torture and killing of LGBT people in Chechnya, and ensure that those responsible for these crimes against humanity are brought to justice."
"Finland is known as a global leader in LGBTI rights, and the Trump and Putin administrations should learn from that example," said Viima Lampinen, chairperson of Seta, Finland's national organization for LGBTI rights. "LGBT Chechens are being deprived of their voice, their freedom and even their lives by state-sanctioned oppression and violence. Those of us who have a voice, particularly national governments that claim to support and defend human rights, have a moral and ethical obligation to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."
The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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