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

April 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley on Monday said the U.S. remains “disturbed” by the arrests of more than 100 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,” she 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.”

Source is Washington Blade story Nikki Haley: U.S. ‘disturbed’ by gay Chechnya arrestsPlease be advised that the article includes descriptions of torture.

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