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Featured Press Release | April 15, 2014
Washington D.C. ­– Today nineteen members of the House of Representatives urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to prohibit discrimination at future Olympic and Paralympic Games by amending...
April 17, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First condemns reports that Jews in Eastern Ukraine are being asked to register with regional authorities or risk deportation. The organization urges authorities to...
April 16, 2014
Washington, DC -  Human Rights First today expressed alarm over reports that Russian authorities have targeted Oleg Kluenkov, a prominent human rights defender from the Arkhangelsk LGBT (...
April 15, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today applauds an Indian Supreme Court ruling that expands recognition for transgender individuals in the country. The ruling also protects transgender persons...
April 10, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Today, a McClatchy article released many of the findings and conclusions of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the post-9/11 CIA torture program. These findings indicate...
April 08, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed concern at reports that the Bahrain government has taken new actions against some of the medics convicted by a military court in 2011. This...
April 07, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – Human Rights First today expressed serious concern over news reports that three Egyptian men have been sentenced to eight years in prison and a fourth man sentenced to...
April 07, 2014
Budapest, Hungary – Human Rights First today urged the Obama Administration to place a greater priority on the U.S.-Hungarian relationship after Sunday’s election that solidified the power of...
April 07, 2014
Washington, DC – Today, as the world marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide that claimed more than 1 million lives in three months, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino...
April 04, 2014
Washington D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed news reports that the Presidium of the Kostroma Regional Court in western Russia has ruled that the city’s ban of two LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual...
April 03, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed the Senate intelligence committee’s vote to declassify and release the findings, conclusions, and executive summary of its 6,300-plus page...

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