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November 13, 2013 Human Rights First today is calling upon the Russian government to allow Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to contact her family and lawyers following the announcement from Russia’s human rights...
November 08, 2013 Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released a story by Matthieu Aikins detailing possible abuses committed by U.S. Green Berets and/or their translators in Afghanistan. This grisly account could be...
November 01, 2013 By Innokenty Grekov, Fighting Discrimination Program This page will be updated as the torch lighting events arrive in the cities below. Homophobia is widespread in Russia, you all know that...
October 18, 2013 This is a cross-post from BuzzFeed. Before Putin signed Russia’s infamous antigay law, 10 regional governments have passed similar laws starting in 2006. Now, the Olympic flame is passing through...
October 04, 2013 Human Rights First’s report, Convenient Targets, outlines steps the Obama Administration should take to oppose Russia’s antigay law. But some American Olympians, both current and former, aren’t...
September 24, 2013 This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. Before I became a human rights advocate, I played a lot of Grand Theft Auto. I probably shot thousands of virtual civilians before my 18th birthday....
August 22, 2013 Human Rights First’s Innokenty Grekov appeared on HuffPost Live on August 16 to commemorate the one year anniversary of the conviction of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot. Three members of...

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Factsheet | June 09, 2020
Letter From 38 Retired Admirals and Generals Opposing Military Deployments to Counter Protests 89 former Defense officials: The military must never be used to violate constitutional rights...
Video | January 22, 2014
Human Rights First's President and CEO Elisa Massimino calls on the CIA to state loud and clear that torture played no role in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Opinions | January 07, 2013
Op-ed by Michael Marks. ‘ZERO Dark Thirty” hits movie theaters this week, but it has already ignited a debate about torture. At issue is its efficacy — or lack thereof. The film suggests that...
Letter | February 20, 2012
Twenty-eight of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals urged the filmmakers, actors and engineers behind the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty to use their public appearances,...