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UN rights agency condemns abuse of gay people in Chechnya

  • People protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017. The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights called upon the Russian government in a statement “to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual, while Chechen authorities denied the reports, and spokesman for leader Ramzan Kadyrov insisted there were no gay people in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

    People protest outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of the torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017. The United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights called upon the Russian government in a statement “to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual, while Chechen authorities denied the reports, and spokesman for leader Ramzan Kadyrov insisted there were no gay people in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man poses outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of alleged torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017.  In a statement the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Russian government “to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual", while Chechen authorities denied the reports, and spokesman for leader Ramzan Kadyrov insisted there were no gay people in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)

    A man poses outside the Russian Embassy in London, following reports of alleged torture and murder of gay men in Chechnya, Wednesday April 12, 2017. In a statement the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the Russian government “to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual", while Chechen authorities denied the reports, and spokesman for leader Ramzan Kadyrov insisted there were no gay people in Chechnya. (Thomas Hornall/PA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights' office has condemned reports of the abuse and killings of gay men in Russia's southern republic of Chechnya.

The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported earlier this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic of Chechnya have rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed. Chechen authorities have denied these reports.

The Geneva-based office in a statement Thursday called upon the Russian government "to put an end to the persecution of people perceived to be gay or bisexual ... who are living in a climate of fear fueled by homophobic speeches by local authorities."