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June 30, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – On the one year anniversary of the launch of the discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law in Russia, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord issued the following...
June 30, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – On the one year anniversary of the launch of the discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law in Russia, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord issued the following...
June 19, 2014
Washington, D.C. -  Human Rights First today welcomes the introduction of the Global Respect Act, a bill to direct the State Department to report gross violations of basic human...
June 18, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – In an alarming step, the human rights committee of the Kyrgyzstan parliament has approved a discriminatory anti-“propaganda” bill that closely emulates a Russian...
June 17, 2014
Washington, DC -  Human Rights First today said that the dismissal of a prominent human rights activist in Russia from his position at Northern Federal University is an alarming indicator...
June 13, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes the introduction of The International Human Rights Defense Act (S. 2472), a bill to direct the Department of State to establish a Special Envoy in...
May 20, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – Human Rights First today called the Georgian Parliament’s adoption of an anti-discrimination bill that includes sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of...

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Blueprint | December 08, 2014
In June 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law outlawing propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations” thus enacting a federal ban that violates the constitutionally guaranteed rights...
Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Shawn Gaylord. “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...
Opinions | May 08, 2014
By Sonni Efron As Europe marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the war that destroyed Old Europe, far-right parties are gaining ground across New Europe. Most of the far-...
Factsheet | February 27, 2014
The international LGBT community has watched in horror as Russia’s brand of discriminatory propaganda legislation has taken root outside its borders. The flagship piece of that legislation, the...

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