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January 23, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today said the decision of a Russian district court finding Lena Klimova, founder of the online LGBT youth support group ...
January 16, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today applauded the European Parliament for its resolution urging the Kyrgyzstan government to reject the proposed discriminatory propaganda bill...
December 18, 2014
Last week the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to include sexual orientation in Principle Six of the Olympic Charter, the nondiscrimination clause. And thanks to another IOC vote earlier...
November 13, 2014
By: Gleb Latnik, Russian LGBT Activist I was born in a small town in the Ural region of Russia. I realized I was gay as a teen, but it took years for me to accept myself because of the lack of...
November 07, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today applauds Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs for standing with the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and...
October 15, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed concern over news that Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted to pass a proposed discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law on first reading. The bill...
October 07, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urged the U.S. government and the international community to work to prevent the passage of Kyrgyzstan’s proposed discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law. The...

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Letter | April 02, 2015
Mr. Thomas Bach President International Olympic Committee Château de Vidy Case postale 356 1001 Lausanne, Switzerland Dear President Bach: Human Rights First welcomed your successful...
Impact Study | January 16, 2015
As Russia prepared to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, Human Rights First made sure the world knew about the country’s anti-gay propaganda law. The odious law threatened the fundamental rights of LGBT...
Blueprint | December 08, 2014
Overview Russia's Brand of Legislative Homophobia In June 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law outlawing propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations,” thus enacting a federal...
Opinions | August 05, 2014
This is an excerpt from The Hill Read more “It's normal that you were beaten because Russian people hate fags.” “We should take you to the streets and stone you to death — how many like you...

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