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    • President Gutmann and Vice President Biden discuss America's role in the world at Penn
    • President Gutmann and Vice President Biden discuss America's role in the world at Penn
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    • Vice President Biden shakes hands with children in Pristina, Kosovo.
      Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
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    • Vice President Biden prepares to address the Ukrainian parliament.
      Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
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    • Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden arrive in Guatemala City.
      Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
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    • Vice President Biden visits with troops at Camp Victory outside Baghdad.
      Official White House Photo by David Lienemann
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Statement by Former Vice President Joe Biden on Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

I am disgusted and appalled by reports from both the Russian media and non-governmental organizations that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up, tortured, and even murdered individuals who are believed to be gay.  When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of every person of conscience to speak out—to oppose this campaign of violence before it continues further. 

Every man or woman on this earth is entitled to be treated with dignity—to live without fear and to love freely.  Unfortunately, the human rights abuses perpetrated by Chechen authorities and the culture of impunity that surrounds them means that these hate crimes are unlikely to ever be properly investigated or that the perpetrators will see justice.  But that does not mean that we should fail to defend basic human rights, fundamental freedoms, and universal values.   

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.

  • Vice President Biden Talks World Affairs at Penn
  • Vice President Biden Talks World Affairs at Penn
  • Vice President Biden sat down with University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann on Thursday, March 30, 2017, for a candid discussion about foreign policy and America's role in the world.  In front of a packed student audience in Irvine Auditorium, Biden answered questions about China, Russia, Central America, the importance of the rules-based international order, and why he's more optimistic than ever about the prospects of the United States and the American people.  

  • Vice President Biden takes a photo with Penn students who attended his discussion with President Gutmann.

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