Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter

2014-12-17 14:12
Honoree Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel in New York. (Mike Coppola, AFP)

Honoree Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks onstage at the RFK Ripple Of Hope Gala at Hilton Hotel in New York. (Mike Coppola, AFP)

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New York - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's proud to have been part of an administration that worked to ban brutal interrogations and said the US should never condone or practice torture anywhere in the world.

Clinton spoke on Tuesday about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values as she accepted an award from The Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala.

Clinton said Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, would agree it's possible to fight terrorism and reduce crime and violence without relying on torture abroad or unnecessary force at home.

During her speech, she declared, "yes, black lives matter", a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York.

Clinton, a former US first lady, New York senator and US Secretary of State, is viewed as the likely Democratic presidential nominee if she runs. She was honoured at the Kennedy organisation's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony.

Entertainers Robert De Niro and Tony Bennett and Physicians Interactive Chairperson Donato Tramuto also were honoured.

The non-profit says the award is meant to laud business leaders, entertainers and activists who demonstrate commitment to social change and "reflect Robert Kennedy's passion for equality, justice, basic human rights, and his belief that we all must strive to 'make gentle the life of this world.'"

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