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Bipartisan Resolution Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence in Chechnya

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

by JOHN PAUL BRAMMER

"Republican and Democratic House representatives introduced a resolution on Tuesday condemning the persecution of LGBTQ people in the Russian region of Chechnya. The bipartisan resolution also calls on the Russian government to condemn the violence.

Among the Republicans who introduced the resolution is cosponsor Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, whose son is transgender.

'For over a month, hundreds of gay or perceived to be gay Chechens have been arrested, many have been tortured, and some even killed,' Ros-Lehtinen said in a statement. 'The bipartisan resolution sends a clear message to Chechnya and Russia authorities and any oppressor that the U.S. will not stand idly by while these human rights atrocities are being committed.'"

Read the full article here.