Amnesty International says that 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,'' states the organisation.
Elton reacted on Instagram, writing that folks should be free to love anyone they want. He believes it is a basic human right which must be protected.
He is urging those who agree to sign the petition to help fight the reported abduction and murder of homosexuals at Amnesty International's Web site.