TO: Navanethem Pillay,
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Officially drawing together global citizens, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held in the same country that conspired with Hitler's regime less than 100 years ago. Stalin's rise to power produced the Great Purge (1936 - 1939, exiling or murdering unwanted citizens) and eventual joining of forces with Hitler during World War II (pact made in 1939). Historians estimate between 5,000 - 15,000 gay men were sent to concentration camps during WWII; and up to 60% died while imprisoned. Under Stalin's leadership, Russia's criminalization of homosexuality began in 1933. Sixty years later Pres. Boris Yeltsin repealed these unjustifiable set of laws. Outrageously, nineteen years later, Vladimir Putin during his second tenure as president has developed a new wave of persecution based on sexual orientation.
Pres. Putin is not behaving like a world-class leader of the Russian people, but as an inhumane dictator with an agenda - just like Stalin and Hitler. If this behavior remains unchallenged, then we may soon witness another Great Purge, or worse, genocide of gender and sexual minorities. The estimated 78 countries that already support criminalization could easily join forces with Russia. This potential alignment could result in an unprecedented persecution of LGBTQ individuals - both suspected and confirmed.
For the sake of humanity's "unwanted citizens," we demand the United Nations take action and challenge Pres. Putin's unethical abuse of leadership. Empower the Russian people to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals from legalized persecution. Enact sanctions against the Russian government for not upholding universal human rights as recognized among the United Nations.
Please take every necessary action to prevent Stalin-like behavior from developing into a global witch-hunt of LGBTQ individuals. The guilt of crimes against humanity belong not only to its leaders but also to those who remain silent. Global silence, especially among those in positions of power, bears the same guilt Pres. Putin now carries for persecuting suspected and confirmed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. Now is the time to break our silence and stand up for humanity's unwanted citizens!
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