Trump’s Secretary of State Admits US Hasn’t Even Discussed Chechnya’s Gay Torture Camps With Russia

Yesterday, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed he has not raised the persecution of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya with Russia.

Watch below.

Tillerson was responding to a series of questions from Representative David Cicilline (D – Rhode Island).

Neither President Trump nor senior officials like Tillerson have said anything about the gay torture camps to their Russian counterparts. The only exception is United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

However, last month a bipartisan group of lawmakers did pass House Resolution 351, sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), which condemned the violence and persecution LGBT people face in Chechnya.

The Human Rights Campaign released the following statement in response to Tillerson’s comments:

“People have been tortured and killed in Chechnya, yet Secretary Tillerson admitted today he hasn’t raised concern about the atrocities against gay and bisexual men with his Russian counterparts — not even once,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “When directly asked during the hearing to clearly condemn the attacks, Sec. Tillerson declined to do so. And he had no idea if the President has raised the issue. The Trump/Pence administration’s lack of leadership on this issue and human rights around the globe is beyond disturbing. The time for action is now.”