Marco Rubio says U.S. should do more for gay men being tortured in Chechnya

On Tuesday, Senator Marco Rubio took gave an impassioned speech pleading to the U.S. government to do more for the gay men being detained, tortured, and killed in Chechnya:

“Unfortunately this is not a new reality for those living under the brutal tyranny of the Chechen leader, who by the way happens to be a loyal ally of Vladimir Putin. There have been reports in the past of similar abuses, although these reports seem to be the most brutal and should provoke anger in all of us. We should never, ever tolerate human rights violations against any person for their political views, their religious beliefs, or their sexual orientation.”

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Then he emphasized the claims of Putin’s spokesman, who insists the stories about the gay concentration camps are totally without merit:

“Well, the actual complaints are all around us. They have been well documented in publications throughout the world, but instead, Vladimir Putin is choosing to prop up Kadyrov, the Chechen brutal dictator, and prop up his brutal regime instead of holding them accountable.”

Related: Horrifying reports of gay men being rounded up and sent to concentration camps in Chechnya

He urged the United States to not ignore these acts of violence:

“The United States and other responsible nations should do more to ensure that all people are protected, and those who harm them are held responsible. We should use our voice on the global stage to call attention to these horrifying acts and to ensure that they are condemned in an appropriate way, and ultimately in the hopes that they will be stopped.”


h/t: Towleroad