Friday, April 21, 2017
Despite much of the negative optics surrounding the current administration's foreign policy, this week, Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. condemned reports of Chechnya's ongoing torture of gay men. Amidst reports of widespread torture as well as the imprisonment, Ambassador Haley stated, “We are against all forms of discrimination, including against people based on sexual orientation. . . When left unchecked, discrimination and human rights abuses can lead to destabilization and conflict."
While Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has repeatedly denied reports of abuse and torture, a growing list of international organizations have condemned the government-promoted actions occurring in Chechnya.