14 May 2018 20:08

Russian Justice Ministry finds no LGBT persons in Chechnya, violations of their rights there - minister

GENEVA. May 14 (Interfax) - Following checks conducted in the Chechen Republic, not only violations of the rights of members of the LGBT community were not detected there, but also representatives of it, acting Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said at a meeting of the working group of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review under the auspices of the Human Rights Council.

"Conducted checks, including using information provided by media, which had initially sent a signal on such violations, failed to confirm not only the existence of facts of violations of these rights, we were unable to find even members of the LGBT community in Chechnya," Konovalov said, commenting on various countries' numerous mentions of the investigation of gay rights violations in the Chechen Republic.

"Please help us do that, - find them," he said.

The most important thing is to ensure the completeness of inquiries into all facts of presumed or detected violations of human rights and Russian laws, the minister said. "I am confident that work on that is being ensured," Konovalov said.