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March 03, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First, along with a broad-based coalition of human rights organizations, today urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to make equality an indisputable part of...
February 21, 2014
Washington, D.C. – In advance of the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord issued the following letter to the United States Olympic Delegation: “...
February 21, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today applauds the decision of the Dzerzhinsky district court in finding Lena Klimova, founder of the LGBT youth online support group Children 404, not guilty of...
February 07, 2014
Sochi, Russia – Human Rights First condemns the arrests of four Russian LGBT activists in St. Petersburg. The four, including Anastasia Smirnova, with whom Human Rights First’s delegation ...
February 05, 2014
Sochi, Russia – Human Rights First today met with LGBT leaders in St. Petersburg to discuss Russia’s crackdown on the LGBT community, as well as the threat of harsher treatment and introduction...
February 05, 2014
Human Rights First applauds today’s statement from AT&T condemning Russia’s anti-propaganda law that targets the LGBT community. AT&T, a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), said in...
January 30, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed concern over news reports of the conviction and trial announcement of two Russian journalists for violating the discriminatory anti-“...

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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...
Report | November 26, 2013
In 2004, State Duma parliamentarian Alexander Chuev reintroduced a bill to ban “homosexual propaganda.” On the same day, the Duma received a statement opposing the bill. It was sent by the Prime...

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