The World uncovered in April that the Chechen government confined, tormented and even killed gay and bisexual men.
Lithuania becomes one of the first nations to offer asylum to men escaping Chechnya due to their sexuality.
Lithuania’s foreign minister, Linas Linkevičius, affirmed his administration granted refuge to two men.
“I can confirm that we have issued visas to two who came from Chechnya. Persecuted because of their sexual orientation,” he told the Baltic News Service.
Today is zero-tolerance day against hatred, fear, discrimination of all forms of sexuality. Denying reality is not an option | #IDAHOT2017
— Linas Linkevicius (@LinkeviciusL) May 17, 2017
Linkevičius said Lithuania was one of the main nations in the European Union to give refuge to men from Chechnya. He even approached other European nations to do the same.
‘We have reliably raised these issues with the EU, and in the parliamentary structures of the Council of Europe.
‘With respect to the opportunity to help and, if necessary, granting asylum, we will coordinate with allies.’’ he said.
— BNS Lithuania (@BNSLithuania) May 17, 2017