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January 21, 2016
In Russia, the year started with both good news and bad news for the country’s embattled LGBT community. First, the bad. Persecution of NGOs working to defend the rights of LGBT people is as...
January 12, 2016
At the end of 2015 I had a chance to meet with several LGBT activists from Tajikistan. Most Americans know little about this Central Asian nation, which is situated between China and Afghanistan...
November 23, 2015
Authoritarian governments are waging an ideological war, and proponents of democratic ideals are on the defense. Russia actively exports its methodology: spread false news, restrict civil...
November 12, 2015
Washington, D.C.  - Human Rights First today praised Ukraine's parliament for passing a workplace anti-discrimination amendment to the country's ...
November 09, 2015
Top News Guantanamo As early as this week, the Obama Administration is set to release its plan to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The long-awaited strategy reportedly...
November 03, 2015
In an attempt to expand upon the 2013 Russian law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors," two elected officials recently announced that they are seeking to criminalize the...
September 29, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today pressed the Obama Administration to publicly call for the Kygryz government to reject the proposed propaganda law that would be a major setback for the...

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December 12, 2013
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Authoritarian regimes are undermining international norms on freedom of association and blocking U.S. efforts to support civil society. Are the United States and the international community doing enough to address the global crackdown on civil society? What support for civil society is most effective? And what changes in U.S. policy are needed?

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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...
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...

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