Julie Bishop condemns gay concentration camps in Chechnya

Julie Bishop condemns gay concentration camps in Chechnya
Image: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has raised concerns about the recent reports that over 100 people have been sent to concentration camps for gay men in Chechnya.

Australia has now raised the concerns directly with the Kremlin over reports gay men have been rounded up, tortured, and killed as part of an anti-gay crackdown.

Speaking to Fairfax Media Bishop said the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had sought assurances from Moscow that no Australians were involved.

“The Australian government is concerned at reports of mass arrests of individuals in the Republic of Chechnya in the Russian Federation due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation,” she said.

“We have raised concerns directly with the Russian government. We are seeking advice from the Russian government on whether any Australians are involved so that we can offer appropriate consular assistance.”

Hundreds of people recently protested the reported concentration camps in London outside the Russian embassy.

The UK foreign office condemned the alleged treatment of gay men in Chechnya with Baroness Anelay calling on Russia to investigate the mass detention.

“The detention and ill-treatment of over 100 gay men in Chechnya is extremely concerning,” she said.

“We condemn any and all persecution, and call on the authorities to promptly investigate and ensure that perpetrators of human rights abuses are brought to justice.”

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2 responses to “Julie Bishop condemns gay concentration camps in Chechnya”

  1. That these camps exist is appalling, However, if Julie Bishop wants to confirm her support for our Community she will very publicly support and lobby the Coalition to support and bring in Legislation immediately to give us the same Rights, Privileges and EQUALITY as she and her partner, her fellow heterosexual politicians enjoy. That includes, for those who want it, the Right to Marry the person we love. This has Nothing to do with Religion. It has ALL to do with Australian SECULAR Law: The Australian Marriage Act.
    If religious businesses don’t/won’t perform those marriages that is their Right
    How about OUR Rights, Julie?
    How about OUR Right to 100% EQUALITY with you and yours?
    Or is playing the Big Judge on the World Stage more important then Australia and We Australians?

  2. Mass arrests and indefinite detention in camps, I thought the Australian Government and the opposition parties were all in favour.