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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-“...
November 06, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Following news that Arkhangelsk, Russia, has overturned its regional ban on antigay “propaganda,” Human Rights First is urging all jurisdictions within Russia to abandon anti-LGBT...
October 02, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First applauds comments made yesterday by the president of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Larry Probst, in which he signaled willingness to amend the...
September 27, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First calls on  the Washington Capitals’ Alexander Ovechkin to carry the spirit of D.C. to Greece this weekend as becomes the first Russian to carry the...
September 26, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First condemns the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) dismissal of concerns over Russia’s anti-“propaganda” law. Despite the Olympic Charter’s provisions...
September 24, 2013
Washington, DC – Following today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for nominees Tom Malinowski, Keith Harper, Crystal Nix-Hines and Pamela Hamamoto, Human Rights First praised...

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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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