HRC to Trump: Address anti-gay persecution in Chechnya at G-20 summit


Chad Griffin – Photo: Rex Wockner.

The president of the Human Rights Campaign has penned an open letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to speak out on and condemn the anti-gay persecution occurring in Chechnya when he takes part in the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, this week.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fierce opponent of LGTBQ rights, at the summit. The Kremlin has previously dismissed reports of the detention, torture, and killing of gay and bisexual men, noting that there have been no official complaints lodged with Chechen authorities, who are accused of spearheading the anti-gay pogrom.

“It is imperative that you forcefully raise this issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when you meet him in Germany at the G-20 summit this week,” Griffin wrote in the letter. “I urge you to stand with the victims by calling on President Putin to take immediate action to bring the violence to an end and the perpetrators of these horrendous crimes to justice.”

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution that condemned the reports of persecution, and called on Putin’s government to investigate the crimes and prosecute those responsible for the purge, during which at least 26 men are thought to have been killed. Many were not killed in secret detention centers, but at the hands of family members as part of “honor killings” in the Muslim-majority Russian…

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