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June 17, 2016 By Courtney Thomas On Monday a gay couple in Moscow was arrested and detained for laying flowers and a sign with the message, "Love Wins—Stay with Orlando" outside the U.S. embassy. The gesture...
June 13, 2016 "I stand with the rainbow flag. I know that many of you belong to this group. I ask that you not be afraid to claim your human rights." -Olena Shevchenko, LGBT NGO Insight  ...
June 10, 2016 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today called on the State Department to press the Ukrainian government to provide protection to organizers and participants of Pride events taking place in...
June 09, 2016 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today expressed concern over a proposed anti-LGBT propaganda bill under consideration by the Moldovan parliament and called on U.S. government leaders...
May 27, 2016 Washington, D.C.- Human Rights First today applauded a group of 38 members of Congress for expressing support for the protection of the rights of Ukraine’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (...
May 27, 2016 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today renewed its call to the U.S. government to press Kyrgyz lawmakers to reject the proposed anti-LGBT propaganda law that is currently moving through the...
May 26, 2016 On May 15-19, attendees at a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia railed against threats they described as “homofascism,” “rainbow radicalism,” “demographic winter,” and “cultural Marxism.” These...

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Report | March 11, 2016
A joint report by Human Rights First and Free Russia Foundation Since the start of Vladimir Putin’s presidency in 2000, Russian authorities have been continually reducing the public and legal...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
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...

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