Australian pop star Troye Sivan was even more succinct, urging fans to continues to shed light on the plight of Chechen gay men with two simple words: "SILENCE = DEATH".
Things happen these days & it’s hard to believe they’re real. And yet they are. If this is happening in Chechnya, the world needs to rise up https://t.co/dPnmWEvvuM— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 12, 2017
Meanwhile US comedian and actor Billy Eichner took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of allowing human rights abuses in the Chechnya, which, while having a degree of autonomy, remains a federal subject of Russia. THIS IS NOT A JOKE, PEOPLE," Eichner wrote. "THIS IS HAPPENING UNDER PUTIN'S WATCH IN 2017." begins to mount on the Russian government to end the Chechen authorities' violent assault on the human rights of LGBT people. Hundreds attended a peaceful protest outside the Russian embassy in London on Wednesday night (April 12) to show solidarity with LGBT+ people in Chechnya. Meanwhile, an Amnesty International petition calling on Russian's prosecutor general, Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin, to investigate the reports had reached over 95,000 signatures by Thursday morning (April 13). Despite the growing evidence of mass targeting of gay men in the region, a spokesperson for Chechnya’s Russian-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has denied the reports, insisting that gay people do “not exist” in the republic. The spokesperson added: “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.” The legal status of homosexuality in the predominantly Muslim region of Chechnya is unclear, but authorities have historically turned a blind eye to anti-gay violence and murder, while Ramzan Kadyrov has previously said he approves of honour killings. You can help sign the Amnesty petition and lend your voice to the campaign to end the dire situation currently facing gay men in Chechnya here. More stories: Orlando Bloom finally breaks silence on nude photo leak George Shelley goes public with new boyfriend as he cops a feel in cheeky Instagram snap
SILENCE = DEATH https://t.co/FPYItqE6G5— troye sivan (@troyesivan) April 11, 2017