EMERGENCY:

Two young Chechen men are in mortal danger

Two young Chechen men have been arrested, handed back to Chechen authorities, and forcibly returned to their homeland. Call on the US President to demand that Russia release them.

The Russian LGBT Network is reporting that Russian police have raided their safe house and arrested two LGBT+ men who escaped from the republic of Chechnya. The two men have been handed over to Chechen authorities and returned to their homeland.

In June last year, the two young men, Salekh Magamadov (20 years old) and Ismail Isayev (17 years old), fled from Chechnya and relocated to the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. They had been arrested and tortured by Chechen special police in April and May 2020 for running an opposition Telegram channel and were later forced to record a video apology.

Their capture by Chechen authorities means they are in severe and immediate danger of further torture and death.

On the same day as Salekh and Ismail were arrested in Russia, US President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all US overseas diplomatic and foreign assistance programs to do more to protect the human rights of LGBT+ people.

Join this call on President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken to live up to this promise and to make an immediate demand to the Russian Government that Salekh and Ismail be released unharmed.

The lives of two young men are at risk for no other reason that they are LGBT+.

Join the call for their release now and share this petition urgently with as many people as you can.

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To President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken:

Dear President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken,

Two young LGBT+ men who escaped torture in Chechnya have been arrested by Russian police and handed to Chechen authorities.

They are in immediate and grave danger.

They were arrested on the same day you published your Presidential Memorandum on global LGBT+ rights.

We call on you to live up to your promise of using US diplomacy and foreign assistance to protect the human rights of LGBT+ people and to make immediate entreaties to the Russian Government to release Salekh Magamadov and Ismail Isayev.

February 9, 2021

Ned Price, the first openly gay US State Department spokesperson, expressed concern over Salekh and Ismail's fate.

This is a first step, but we need to keep up the pressure. Sign and share the petition now.

February 4, 2021

When the Russian LGBT Network found out that the two men were arrested, they immediately broke the news to the public.

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