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August 29, 2014
Washington, D.C. –On the 23rd anniversary to Kyrgyzstan’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union, Human Rights First today urged the U.S. Government and the international community to work...
July 16, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes the introduction of The International Human Rights Defense Act in the House of Representatives under the leadership of Rep. John...
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...

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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
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-...

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