LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


  • The Russian LGBT Network can be called for free in Russia - 8 800 555 73 74.

  • Anyone outside Russia with information they would like to share on the current situation in Chechnya can confidentially contact ILGA-Europe Tel.: +32 2 609 54 10 or 

An unofficial translation of the Novaya Gazeta article from 4 April is available here in English. Please note this is an unofficial translation and provided for reference only.

Update on our work in Chechnya (October 2017)

Since April, when news of the human rights violations in Chechnya broke, ILGA-Europe has been working closely with our member organisations such as the Russian LGBT Network to try and establish facts about what has been happening, and to offer assistance on the ground.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to make grants totaling more than €30,000 to organisations who are helping to resettle refugees from the crisis in new countries. This is helping to pay for housing, food, legal support, language lessons and psychosocial support. So far, we have helped to resettle more than twenty victims.

But there is more to do. Information we are hearing from our partners suggests the atrocities are continuing in Chechnya, and there are more people seeking refuge outside Russia. We need to help them rebuild their lives in a safe country where their rights as an LGBTI person are respected and valued. But we need more funding to do this – it costs roughly €2,500 to resettle one person in Europe. Every donation helps – whatever you can afford will make a different to a Chechen refugee.

Please donate today and help us to help more victims of this appalling crisis.

Make a donation!

ILGA-Europe are raising money to support the victims of the situation in Chechnya. Please donate now. Money will be used to enable people working on the ground directly to help the victims of these violations. If we happen to raise more money than is needed, it won't go to waste! We will use it to support people working in other challenging contexts in the same region.

A group of 15 countries have issued questions to Russia under the OSCE's Vienna Mechanism.

31 August 2018

The first comprehensive report issued by an international organisation on the widespread human rights abuses inflicted on the LGBTI communities in Chechnya was adopted on 27 June 2018. 

28 June 2018

Over 30 powerful personal testimonies from Chechnya are included in a report prepared by the Russian LGBT Network, in cooperation with reporters from Novaya Gazeta.

1 August 2017

Latest observations from the Russian LGBT Network.

16 June 2017

The cruelties in Chechnya lead many people to question what they can do to support. The human rights violations must stop immediately and victims must get in safety. That is what all our actions are focusing on. Here are a few things that you can do immediately.

14 April 2017

This evening, ILGA-Europe have received an update on the disturbing situation in Chechnya.

13 April 2017

Find here statements from a broad scale of institutions, governments and other organisations

12 April 2017

The Russian LGBT Network has continued its fact finding mission on the alarming arbitrary detention, torture and killing of (perceived) gay men in Chechnya.

7 April 2017

On 1 April, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published an article reporting human rights violations on a mass scale in Chechnya. 

5 April 2017