Hillary Clinton has slammed Donald Trump for not speaking out against Chechnya’s recent LGBT+ rights abuses.
The former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful made the comments at a dinner held by LGBT+ organisation The Centre, where she received an award for her commitment to equality.
During her acceptance speech, she once again echoed her famous “gay rights are human rights” slogan, and criticised the current US government for not speaking out against the Russian state of Chechnya.
She said: “In recent weeks, we’ve heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, and even killed.
“And when government authorities were confronted with these reports, their response was chilling. They said, ‘You cannot arrest or repress people who do not exist’.”
Earlier this month, human rights groups confirmed reports that police in Chechnya had rounded up around 100 gay men and detained them in what has been referred to as a modern-day ‘concentration camp’.
Since then, Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov has allegedly declared that he wants all LGBT+ people in the country to be ‘eliminated’ by 26 May, coinciding with the beginning of Muslim holiday Ramadan.
And while the British government have called for an end to the “utterly barbaric” treatment of gay men in the conservative state, the US President’s administration have remained silent on the issue.
Hillary added: “The United States government – yes, this government – should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people across the world.”
The former First Lady also called out Trump for rolling back progress made towards equality, especially among the trans community, and warned that LGBT+ rights “may not be as secure as we once expected”.
“When this administration rescinded protections for transgender students, my heart broke,” she said.
“When I learned about the proposed cuts in funding for HIV and AIDS research, I thought about all of our efforts to try and achieve an AIDS-free generation – and we were on the way.
“Some of the changes we’re seeing may seem small, but they matter a great deal if you’re the person affected – like, for example, whether or not you’re counted in the census.”
She added: “I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues.”
Watch a clip of Hillary’s speech below.
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