Ukraine and Russia

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Ukrainian and Russian activists are working to defend human rights, challenge corruption, and oppose the Russian government's brutal invasion of Ukraine.

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Ukraine and Russia

Authoritarianism

Human Rights First Condemns Renewed Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Calls for Targeted Sanctions on Corrupt and Abusive Officials

WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the Russian government’s decision to recognize two regions of Ukraine as independent states, Human Rights First condemned Russia’s dangerous actions as a deepening and…

Press

Human Rights First Expresses Solidarity with Ukrainian People

WASHINGTON D.C. – In response to the Russian government’s declaration of war on Ukraine, Human Rights First called for international solidarity with the Ukrainian people. “We are appalled by the…

Press

Authoritarianism

From Magnitsky to the Mothers of Mariupol: Congress Must Stand with Victims and Strengthen the Global Magnitsky Act

In recent weeks, the world has once again been confronted with the horrifying reality of war and witnessed shocking crimes in Ukraine. Searing images – like the young pregnant mother…

Letter

Authoritarianism

Biden to Visit Saudi: Recalibration of the Relationship or Rehabilitation of MBS?

True to its word, the Biden White House is recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Just not in the way we’d hoped. Press reports suggest Biden will visit the kingdom…

Letter

Authoritarianism

Listening to Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ukraine

No-one knows how many war crimes have been committed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February, or how many were committed since Russia’s 2014 invasion of the eastern part…

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