Elton John is joining the Amnesty International petition in fighting the reported abduction and killing of gay men in Chechnya.
The petition is looking to help call out the Chechen government for this act. This is the statement from the Amnesty website regarding the petition:
“Hundreds of men suspected of being gay are being abducted, tortured and even killed in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya.
The Chechen government won’t admit that gay men even exist in Chechnya, let alone that they ordered what the police call ‘preventive mopping up’ of people they deem undesirable. We urgently need your help to call out the Chechen government on the persecution of people who are, as they put it, of ‘non-traditional orientation’, and urge immediate action to ensure their safety.”
John shared his support of the petition on Twitter on Wednesday by asking for others to join him in the cause:
The petition comes after reports that Chechnya has opened gay concentration camps. Celebrities like Tyler Oakley and Xavier Dolan have spoken out against this on Twitter, calling for the U.S. government to investigate and condemn the act: