Authorities from the predominantly Muslim Republic of Chechnya, an autonomous province in Russia, have threatened parents of gay children, warning them, “Either you kill them, or we we will,” reports France24, citing testimony from one of the victims of alleged concentration camps for homosexuals operated by the local government.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a key ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, has allegedly vowed to eliminate the gay community by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 26.
“He has carried out other violent campaigns in the past, and this time he is directing his efforts at the LGBT community,” Sir Alan Duncan, the minister of state for Europe and the Americas at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, told members of parliament, according to Daily Mail.
“Sources have said that he wants the community eliminated by the start of Ramadan. Such comments, attitudes, and actions are absolutely beyond contemptible,” he continued.