European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Chechnya – what can you do?

The cruelties in Chechnya lead many people to question what they can do to support. The human rights violations must stop immediately and victims must get in safety. That is what all our actions are focusing on. Here are a few things that you can do immediately.

Make a donation!

ILGA-Europe opened up a fund to support the victims of the situation in Chechnya. Please donate now. Money will be used to enable people working on the ground directly to help the victims of these violations. If we happen to raise more money than is needed, it won't go to waste! We will use it to support people working in other challenging contexts in the same region.

More on how ILGA-Europe will use the funds raised

Donations for Chechnya: How ILGA-Europe will use funds raised

ILGA-Europe opened up a fund to support Chechnya. Money will be used to enable people working on the ground directly to help the victims of these violations. The funds will be saved specifically for work related to the situation in Chechnya and for work aimed at ensuring safety and security of LGBTI people in Chechnya and in that part of the European region.

Why did ILGA-Europe decide to open up a Fund for Chechnya?

  • ILGA-Europe have a network of members and partners working directly with survivors already. We are in a position to ensure that decisions on how donations are spent are made in close consultation with organisations on the ground, based on their immediate expertise and assessment of needs.
  • The gravity of the situation requires quick mobilisation. ILGA-Europe have the systems in place to collect funds in a transparent and efficient manner.
  • ILGA-Europe also have well-established mechanisms to ensure that funds reach the relevant organisations and initiative groups on the ground.

What kind of work will the Fund support?

The main beneficiaries will be activists working on the ground in Russia. ILGA-Europe will gather the donations, but the money will then be used directly by our member organisations working in Russia (including, but not limited to, the Russian LGBT Network).

The idea is to support initiatives supporting victims over a longer period of time. Survivors of these violent detention centres need to get out of Chechnya – and out of Russia. ILGA-Europe are conscious that the work will not end at evacuation. Even if people have left the immediate threat behind, people will need support to be relocated outside of Chechnya and Russia (including living costs in the coming period). The funds collected by ILGA-Europe will be used to cover current costs that cannot be covered through other initiatives, and for these medium – long term challenges.

How will the fund work?

  • ILGA-Europe is assessing the needs of organisations in Russia on an on-going basis. When and where the donations will be spent will be decided in close consultation with those working on the ground and in coordination with others who may provide financial support.
  • If there are immediate needs that are not covered, then partners in Russia can approach us and we can see if we can meet their needs.
  • If we happen to raise more than we can spend to support LGBTI people from Chechnya, then we will use the money to support other projects aimed at ensuring safety and protection of LGBTI people in Russia and/or countries in that region.
  • We will have to use a small percentage of the funds to cover costs directly associated with working in Chechnya – there’s no getting away from that. Fundraising administration in this region is tricky to say the least, so there will be some admin costs for ILGA-Europe. But this will not be more than 15%-20% of the donations raised. This includes administrative costs and money to monitor the expenses so to ensure that they are in line with ILGA-Europe’s accountability standards.

We are accountable to our supporters: ILGA-Europe promise to keep in touch with everyone who donates to the fund about how your money is being spent, what we are doing and what the latest updates from the region are.

It is really fast, secure and simple – even if you have never donated to ILGA-Europe before, the process is really straight-forward.

NOTE: ILGA-Europe do not currently have tax deductible status in Belgium, but we can provide a letter confirming that a donation was made. Requests can be made to donate@ilga-europe.org.

Mobilise – get in action to demand action!

  • Work with your local LGBTI group to organise a protest in front of the Russian Embassy and call for halting these practices and keeping the perpetrators accountable. Share photos and other materials with us which we will share with the Russian LGBT network.
  • Call on your government to provide visas to Chechen survivors, put pressure on the Russian government and to work with international organisations on independent investigation of the situation on the ground.

Sign a petition! 

AllOut, Amnesty International and Avaaz, have started petitions calling the responsible authorities to stop these practices. Signing these petitions will mount to further public pressure.

Do you have information about the situation in Chechnya?

  • Due to the human rights situation in Chechnya, it is difficult to get information from the ground. If you have information, please contact us.
  • The Russian LGBT Network can be called for free in Russia - 8 800 555 73 74.
  • Anyone outside Russia with information they would like to share on the current situation in Chechnya can also confidentially contact ILGA-Europe Tel.: +32 2 609 54 10 or info@ilga-europe.org