Nikki Haley: U.S. ‘disturbed’ by gay Chechnya arrests | Washington Blade

The Washington Blade reports that U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has expressed concern over reported arrests, torture, and murders of gay men in Chechnya.

“We continue to be disturbed by reports of kidnapping, torture, and murder of people in Chechnya based on their sexual orientation and those persecuted by association,” [Haley] said in a statement. “If true, this violation of human rights cannot be ignored – Chechen authorities must immediately investigate these allegations, hold anyone involved accountable, and take steps to prevent future abuses.”

“We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation,” she added. “When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict.”

You can read the complete article at Nikki Haley: U.S. ‘disturbed’ by gay Chechnya arrestsPlease be advised that the article includes descriptions of torture.

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