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house Bill H. Res. 351

Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed June 27th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedMay 23rd, 2017

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Official Title

Condemning the violence and persecution in Chechnya.

Summary

Condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya. Calls on: Chechen officials to cease the abduction, detention, and torture of individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation and hold accountable those involved in perpetrating such abuses; the government of the Russian Federation to protect the human rights of all its citizens, condemn the violence and persecution, investigate such crimes in Chechnya, and hold accountable those involved in perpetrating such abuses; and the U.S. government to continue to condemn the violence and persecution in Chechnya, demand the release of individuals wrongfully detained, and identify those individuals whose involvement in this violence qualifies for the imposition of sanctions under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 or the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Affirms that the rights to freedom of assembly, association, and expression and freedom from extrajudicial detention and violence are universal human rights and that countries that fail to respect these rights jeopardize the security and prosperity of all their citizens.
    My only objection is a fear that this will be a toothless gesture, but a gesture is better than nothing. This is a gross violation of human rights and cannot go ignored.
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    Please condemn the violence in Chechnya and ensure that this never happens here.
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    Why is this even a question? Of course we should be condemning human rights violations...
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    This doesn't do much except make US policy the state department has to follow. Quit worrying about Russian collusion and start worrying about what they are actually doing. They are showing their human rights policies only apply to a select few.
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    We are kinder than this. We are more just than this. We cannot continue to be silent on this issue. America acts as an example for the whole world at large. We intervened during the Holocaust for almost exactly the very reason we should intervene in Chechnya today. It is crucial. The time is running low and indeed people are dying. Congress needs to speak because this administration won't. And this is 2017. We are not going back in the closet. And nobody can silence us or delete our very existence. Nobody has that right. To the members of Congress: we are calling on you to show us, your constituents, that you will do what you know Trump won't. Please. Please.
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    Please condemn violence against the LGBT community in Chechnya.
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    We cannot let this persecution continue! As defenders as justice and equality, we must condemn the actions against LGBT people. We can't allow them to get away with this!
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    Look I have never been in favor of gay marriage. But it one thing to be against Believe and another to treat them like animal. Gay people are still people and deserve to be treated like so.
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    Enough is enough
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    The US has been silent on this for to long. It's time to act.
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    YEA
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