The Rainbow NZ Parliamentary Network, a cross-party group of MPs, has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs calling on him to ask Russia to investigate the detention and alleged murders of (perceived) gay men in Chechnya.
"There needs to be an immediate halt to the violence against the LGBTI community within Russian borders and the release of those detained," said Labour MP Louisa Wall. "The Russian Government must urgently investigate the arbitrary detention, torture and extra judicial killing of (perceived) gay and bisexual men in Chechnya.”
Earlier this week the New Zealand AIDS Foundation announced that, due to cuts in their funding, they are having to shed workers despite the surging rate of HIV diagnoses. These cuts are the result of years of National’s cuts to the health system.
Labour pledges to reverse the Government’s health budget cuts so we can provide broadened access to HIV medicines.
The Government has cut $1.7 billion from the health budget since 2010 and, as always, it’s the most vulnerable in our society who are bearing the brunt of it.