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Abuse and Detention of Gay Men in Chechnya Must End

World Association for Sexual Health condemns all forms of abuse and violence against gay people in Chechnya. Detention and persecution by sexual orientation only is unlawful and in direct violation of human rights and sexual rights.

United Nations experts and human rights organisations report of abductions, unlawful detentions, torture, beatings and killings targeted against gay people in Chechnya. According to Human Rights Watch the attacks appear to be systematic and supported by religious and political leaders.

UN OHCHR reports that much of the abuse takes place at an unofficial detention centre close to the city of Argun, where “the arrested men are subjected to physical and verbal abuse, torture including with electric shocks, beatings, insults and humiliations.”  

These attacks are direct violations of human rights and sexual rights. The Declaration of Sexual Rights (WAS 2014) states that every human being has the right to liberty and security, and everyone should be free from cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Freedom from violence and discrimination are fundamental human rights, which must be granted to everyone.

World Association for Sexual Health condemns all forms of violence, oppression and discrimination against gay people, and urges all nations and international organisations to condemn such blatant violations of human rights and sexual rights.
 
The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is an international organization with members across the globe that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing the field of sexology, sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services, all of these informed by evidence and scientific enquiry.

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Professor Kevan Wylie

President of World Association for Sexual Health

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Tommi Paalanen

Sexual Rights Committee of World Association for Sexual Health

ABUSE AND DETENTION OF GAY MEN IN CHECHNYA MUST END

 

WAS E-Alert

WAS Members have a great opportunity to share their news in WAS E-alerts. Send your material by the end of each month to Michaela Jurcekova via email (jurcekova@associationhouse.cz). WAS preserves the right to review the material sent and publish upon approval, the accuracy of the content is the responsibility of the provider of the piece. 

WAS condemns Trump’s Global Gag Rule on abortion services

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) condemns U.S.A. President Trump’s executive order to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits international sexual and reproductive health organizations from receiving U.S.A. funding for contraception if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services. The Rule prohibits these activities even if organizations carry them out with their own non-U.S. funding, and even if abortion is legal in their own country.

Beyond its patent violation of human rights recognized by international statutes concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights, and UN Sustainable Development Goals, WAS considers that obstacles to access to abortion will cause an increase of illegal and unsafe abortion which will cause serious harm to women and families. Unsafe abortion is among the main causes of maternal mortality in the countries, where abortion is illegal.

Article 12 of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) states that everyone has the right to make reproductive decisions on their own terms, and that right includes unimpeded access to sexual health services including abortion.

We urge President Trump to reconsider this measure and revoke the Global Gag Rule immediately.

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The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is an international organization with members across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing the field of sexology, sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services, all of these informed by evidence and scientific enquiry.

 

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