Treasury Department announces the addition of anti-LGBTQ Chechen leader to Magnitsky list

Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadryov, who is believed to be behind the anti-LGBTQ atrocities in Chechnya, now has his U.S. assets frozen and is barred from entry into the country

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today welcomed the inclusion of Ramzan Kadyrov to the list of suspected human rights abusers who have any assets held in U.S. banks frozen and are barred from entry into the United States under the Magnitsky Act. Authorities in Chechnya have detained and attacked over 100 LGBTQ men because of their perceived sexual orientation and at least 27 men have reportedly been killed by Chechen government officials as of June 2017. Since then additional tragic stories of killings and disappearances of LGBTQ men and woman have been reported.

"Sanctioning those responsible for the horrendous anti-LGBTQ persecution in Chechnya, including Ramzan Kadyrov, is a step towards holding human rights abusers accountable for their atrocities and was a needed action to show that human rights must be prioritized above the personal politics of this administration," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "We cannot stop here as we face a growing epidemic of anti-LGBTQ violence and discrimination around the world that must be swiftly and fully addressed."

Chechnya is only one example of ongoing anti-LGBTQ state violence and persecution. In Egypt, the government has intensified its widespread anti-LGBTQ crackdown with at least 34 people arrested. In Bangladesh, 27 men were arrested due to their perceived LGBTQ identity.  Additionally, 141 people were arrested in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta during one raid following a similar anti-LGBTQ crackdown lead by senior government figures bringing the known number of anti-LGBTQ arrests in the country to over 200 when combined with earlier raids.