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Joe Biden has called for Trump to make Russians end anti-gay purge in Chechnya

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“The United States must lead the way to demand an end to these egregious violations of human rights.”

Earlier this month, it was reported by a respected Russian publication that around 100 gay men were being tortured and murdered, in what is widely being referred to as a modern-day ‘concentration camp’.

The men were held “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such”, and it’s feared that at least three men are dead.

Hundreds protested outside the Russian Embassy in London, and there is currently a petition to stop ‘abduction, torture and killing of gay men’ in Chechnya.

While speaking to CNN, Joe Biden stated that he is “disgusted and appalled” by the reports.

He said, “I hope that the current administration lives up to the promises it has made to advance human rights for everyone by raising this issue directly with Russia’s leaders.

“The United States must lead the way to demand an end to these egregious violations of human rights.”

The former Vice-President also went on to say that “every man or woman on this earth is entitled to be treated with dignity — to live without fear and to love freely.”

Boris Johnson also condemned the purge, tweeting: “Dismayed that #Russia has again frustrated the international community in its condemnation of the use of chemical weapons”.

He went on to say, “Outrageous #Chechnya govt supports rather than stops ill-treatment of #LGBT people.”

Earlier this week, 50 members of Congress signed a letter condemning the anti-gay purge in Chechnya.

US Congressman, and Vice Chair of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, Alan Lowenthal stated: “The most fundamental internationally-accepted human rights are the right to life, liberty, and security of person.

“I stand with the LGBT community in the Chechen Republic, and I call on Secretary Tillerson to denounce these atrocities, and I call on the Russian and Chechen authorities to immediately halt these arrests and prosecute those who have tortured and murdered innocent people.”

Related: The three things the Russian and Chechen governments must do to protect gay men.

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