Homosexual pow camps
The Canadians who became in Asia faced an even harsher ordeal.
This included groups such as Jews, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses and the intellectually challenged. Chillingly, President Ramzan Kadyrov's regime denied the reports of the "world's first concentration camp for homosexuals," calling them "absolute lies and disinformation" and explaining: "You cannot arrest or repress people who just don’t exist in the republic." A spokesperson for the regime added, "If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return." That sounds like something the president of Iran has said: "We don't have any gays in Iran." (That is not true.) As for what's happening in Chechnya, the reports that officials there find and arrest closeted gay men "partly by posing as men looking for dates on social networking sites." The men are closeted because being out in the Caucasus region "is equal to a death sentence.” From “I got numerous, numerous signals,” about the sweep of gay men, said Ekaterina L.Sokiryanskaya, Russia project coordinator for the International Crisis Group, and an authority on the North Caucasus.More than 40 other Canadians serving in Asia would also be captured by the Japanese in Java, Burma and Siam (modern-day Thailand).One group of Canadian prisoners of war had a very different experience than most.These were the 26 Canadian airmen who, along with 142 other British, American, Australian and New Zealand airmen, spent several months in Buchenwald Concentration Camp in eastern Germany in the summer and fall of 1944.
Of the many horrors that would emerge from the Second World War, few could match the cruel concentration camps established by Nazi Germany.
“It came from too many sources not to be true.” Gay men have begun deleting online accounts, or fleeing the region.
One user of Vkontakte, a Russian social networking site, wrote that a 16-year-old boy had been detained in a village in Chechnya.
However, as the war continued and Nazi Germany began to collapse under the Allied onslaught, conditions worsened.
Some of those captured Canadian servicemen tried to escape the prison camps, braving the armed guards, barbed wire and watchtowers to make a bid for freedom.
Call for an immediate stop to abduction, torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya.