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Senator Patrick Leahy to "explore" tying foreign aid to human rights

Posted by David Zimmerman  January 23, 2014 09:13 PM

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Speaking yesterday at the 2014 World Economic Summit being held in Switzerland, Senator Patrick Leahy suggested that the U.S. might need to take a closer look at the way countries treat LGBT citizens before approving forieng aid packages.

Leahy was speaking as part of a panel discussion taking place at the Forum.

The discussion was moderated by CNN and Time Magazine contributor Fareed Zakaria and included J-FLAG Executive Director Dane Lewis, Russian and American journalist Marsha Gessen, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, Elliott Management Corporation founder Paul Singer, Third Point founder Dan Loeband Alice Nkom, a lawyer and LGBT activist from Cameroon.

"I think that we have to explore our foreign policy with countries that have these horrible laws," said Leahy. "As one who handles the foreign aid in our Senate, this is going to become increasingly on my radar of how we look at foreign aid in countries that violate human rights this way," he continued

The event has attacted some of the most well known and influential business and political leaders from around the world, including University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent and Peter Bakker of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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