The Minister of International Relations and Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre , and the Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Fight Against Homophobia, Stéphanie Vallée , Denounce the alleged violence against persons of sexual minorities in Chechnya.
The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that local militia and security forces in Chechnya are abducting men perceived as homosexuals or bisexuals. They would then be arbitrarily detained and be subjected to violence, torture and other ill-treatment. Many international organizations, non-governmental organizations and some governments, including Canada , have strongly condemned these persecutions.
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“Respect for human rights and democracy is a fundamental value of Quebec society. The Government of Quebec has committed, particularly in its new International Politics at the XVI th Francophonie Summit in Antananarivo , to work vigorously to protect the rights of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). This unacceptable situation reminds us of the need to continue our efforts to defend the rights and freedoms of LGBT people throughout the world and to promote values of tolerance and inclusion.” – Christine St-Pierre , Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie
“The repression and torture committed against sexual minorities in Chechnya constitute serious violations of universal human rights. I am indignant that in 2017, the most basic rights may be compromised on the ground of sexual orientation or expression and gender identity. Quebec strongly denounces these odious acts. We must rise up against this intolerable situation and join our voices with those of organizations from all walks of life to condemn homophobia and transphobia in all their forms.” –
Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Fight Against Homophobia
- Last November, the Government of Québec delivered a message of openness to Francophone decision-makers on the protection of the rights of LGBT people .
- The Québec Policy Against Homophobia was adopted in 2009. The Government of Québec will soon be presenting its new Government Action Plan to Combat Homophobia and Transphobia 2017-2022.
- Human rights and freedoms (including gender equality and the rights of LGBT people) are an important part of Québec ‘s new International Policy .
- Bill 103, adopted by our government on June 10, 2016, amends the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms to include explicit protection against discrimination on the basis of expression and gender identity.
SOURCE Office of the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie