During Germany-Russia bilateral summit, Merkel said she had raised concerns with Putin about homosexuals being detained and tortured in the Russian region of Chechnya, Reuters reports. She also mentioned the Supreme Court ruling last month banning the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious group as extremist.
“I have in my talks with the Russian president indicated how important the right to demonstrate is in a civil society and how important the role of NGOs is,” Merkel said.
During her diplomatic tour, Chancellor Merkel visited Saudi Arabia and met with King Salman, the day before meeting Russia’s President Putin. Her picture without headscarf was widely recognised as a strong stand against the Saudi regime and the country’s discriminations against women’s rights.
It would be good also to know if she raised the same concerns she did in Russia over the role of the LGBT community in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi laws punishes acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing with execution, imprisonment, fines, corporal punishment, or whipping/flogging.