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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...
July 16, 2014
On June 30th, 2013 the Russian discriminatory anti-"propaganda" law went into effect, amidst widespread international condemnation. In the year since the Russian government enacted the vaguely worded...
July 03, 2014
On June 30th, 2013 the Russian discriminatory anti-"propaganda" law went into effect, amidst widespread international condemnation. In the year since the Russian government enacted the vaguely worded...
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...

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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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