Protect journalists who revealed abuse of gay men in Chechnya

Campaign via Amnesty International

Journalists at independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta are in grave danger, after they exposed reports of the shocking treatment of more than 100 gay men in Chechnya, a Russian Republic in the North Caucasus. Leading Chechen authorities have since publicly called for the journalists to be punished. The paper has voiced fear for the safety of its staff. Continue reading

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Demand punishment for man who kept dog as a sex slave

Petition via Change.org

A man who kept a pitbull as a sex-slave has managed to avoid any charges, prompting people to set up a petition to demand that he be locked up.

Locals in the city of Salavat in Russia called police when they saw the man raping his dog in the park. However, police refused to get involved, leaving the traumatised witness no option but to contact a group of animal rights activities who rescued the dog and rushed it to the vets, the Sun reports. Continue reading

Project Journalists who Revealed Abuse of Gay Men in Chechnya

Petition via Amnesty International UK

Staff at Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta are fearing for their lives.

On 1 April the paper reported that over a hundred men suspected of being gay had been abducted, abused and some even killed because of their perceived sexuality.

Chechen authorities have warned the journalists they will ‘face retaliation’.

Journalists for the paper have been murdered for their investigations in the past decade. Call on Russian authorities to protect the journalists, and their freedom to report human rights abuses.

Sign and Share: Petition via Amnesty International UK

Russia Prosecutor General, investigate mass murder and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya

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Petition via Change.org

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, to investigate reports that gay men are being violently persecuted in the Russian region of Chechnya.

The news comes after a petition was started by gay rights activist Igor, in Moscow. Disturbed by reports that gay men were being rounded up, tortured and killed in the region, he started campaigning for the Russian Government to investigate these reports.

So far 351,000 people from around the world have signed the petition. Igor believes the news that Angela Merkel has intervened is a sign public pressure is working. Will you help him to keep up the pressure by supporting his campaign? Continue reading

Petition – Ask Russia to leave monkeys out of the Space Race

via PETA:

Animals aren’t astronauts. Yet Russia is taking a giant step backward for science and ethics with a misguided mission to dispatch four monkeys to Mars.

There’s no reason to repeat the dark days of early space exploration, in which dogs, primates, and other animals died in horrific ways, including in crude experiments or all alone in a tiny spacecraft.

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Petition | A plea to The Russian Federation to bring an end to all the atrocities that bears endure in Russia.

via Petition | A plea to The Russian Federation to bring an end to all the atrocities that bears endure in Russia. To change their laws and regulations to prevent the further suffering and death of these bears. | Change.org.

 A plea to The Russian Federation to bring an end to all the atrocities that bears endure in Russia. To change their laws and regulations to prevent the further suffering and death of these bears.

The bear is an iconic symbol for Russia but how ironic when bears are made to perform in circuses by doing degrading acts such as juggling with their feet. tightrope walking, riding bikes and being dressed in outrageous clothing. Bear Baiting training camps  are common in parts of  Russia whereby a bear will have its teeth and claws removed, they are then tethered to a post whereby they are subjected to repeated attacks by dogs. The hunting and poaching of bears for the illegal trade in their body parts, Also using bears in public places for tourists to have their photo’s taken with them.

via Petition | A plea to The Russian Federation to bring an end to all the atrocities that bears endure in Russia. To change their laws and regulations to prevent the further suffering and death of these bears. | Change.org.

Petition | Stand Against Russia’s Brutal Crackdown on Gay Rights: Urge Winter Olympics 2014 Sponsors to Condemn Anti-Gay Laws | Change.org

Stand Against Russia's Brutal Crackdown on Gay Rights: Urge Winter Olympics 2014 Sponsors to Condemn Anti-Gay LawsPetition | Stand Against Russia’s Brutal Crackdown on Gay Rights: Urge Winter Olympics 2014 Sponsors to Condemn Anti-Gay Laws | Change.org.

In Russia, it is basically illegal to say that you are gay. You cannot kiss your partner in public. You can’t have a rainbow flag in public. You can’t even acknowledge that you are gay, or else you face possible imprisonment and fines.

Russia is becoming one of the most anti-gay places in the entire world. But it’s also going to hold the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, where the world is supposed to come together in a spirit of community and togetherness. But how could LGBT people and their families be welcome, when they run the risk of being thrown in jail or fined just for being who they are?

RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking American association for members of the gay community, says that LGBT athletes and spectators will not be safe during the 2014 Olympic games. And given the Russian government’s recent actions toward LGBT people — including violent crackdowns on gay rights rallies and arresting members of the LGBT community — how could anyone feel safe during these Olympic games?

That’s why I’m asking the major sponsors and partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic games — Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Samsung, Procter & Gamble, and Visa — to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws, which are some of the most repressive laws in recent history, and pull their sponsorship from Russia’s Olympic games. Do these companies want to be tied to an Olympics where LGBT athletes and spectators are likely to face harsh violence, prison, and brutality?

It’s time for these companies to put their support for LGBT people first, and send a message to Russia that their anti-gay laws are not only contrary to basic human rights, but fly in the face of the spirit of the Olympic Games, which celebrate human dignity and community above all else.

UN : Investigate slavery in Russian prisons

Recently, it has come to light that Russia is not a great place for freedom at the moment. Publicly being gay has been made illegal, there are billionaires making more and more money while there is extreme poverty on the streets – and recently several protestors have made the news, having been arrested for speaking out.

It now comes to light that these prisoners are being forced to live in slave-like conditions, made to work 17 hours a day in appalling conditions. Please read the article on The Petition Site, and sign the petition asking the United Nations to investigate these claims.