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October 15, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today expressed concern over news that Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted to pass a proposed discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law on first reading. The bill...
September 26, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – Human Rights First today expressed concern over the Russian Constitutional Court ruling upholding the discriminatory anti-“propaganda” law. The case was brought before the...
September 22, 2014
Warsaw, Poland – Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino today delivered remarks before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during the Human Dimension Implementation meeting....
September 03, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urged President Obama to prioritize the development of an independent and democratic Ukraine as he meets with his NATO allies in Wales tomorrow. In order...
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...
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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Resources

Blueprint | December 08, 2014
In June 2013 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law outlawing propaganda of “nontraditional sexual relations” thus enacting a federal ban that violates the constitutionally guaranteed rights...
Blueprint | October 16, 2014
Download the Report Introduction This blueprint is based on research conducted in Ukraine by Human Rights First staff, and on discussions with Ukrainian government and civil society...
Testimony | September 26, 2014
(Excerpt) REMARKS TO THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES United Nations Sept. 24, 2014 Sonni Efron Senior Fellow Human Rights First Your excellency, Ambassador Leissner...
Letter | April 15, 2014
Members of Congress sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging them to amend the Olympic Charter's nondiscrimination clause, Principle 6, to include sexual orientation and...

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