Clinton responded that one problem is that some human rights standards are “so foreign to other cultures.”
"If you’re someone, as I am, who believes strongly in the empowerment of women … in a lot of places, it’s just not understood," she said.
"Of course, we take good care of our women," Clinton told the audience, impersonating one of those foreign leaders. "We don’t let them out of the house, so that they never get into trouble. We don’t let them drive cars, so that they can never be taken advantage of. So we are protecting the human rights of our women."
"You can imagine the conversations that I have," she said.
In parts of Africa and Asia, she said, gay rights is “just a totally foreign concept.”
"I mean, the first response is, ‘We don’t have any of those here,’" she said, to laughter. "Second response is, ‘If we did, we would not want to have them and would want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. And it’s your problem, United States of America, that you have so many of those people. So don’t come here and tell us to protect the rights of people we don’t have or that we don’t want.’"
"It’s a very difficult conversation because it’s just not been one that people have had up until now," she said.