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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We're partnering with civil society groups to hold abusive and corrupt actors to account, including by advocating for targeted sanctions and criminal prosecution.

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Ukraine and Russia

Tracking War Crimes in Ukraine with the Truth Hounds

Set up in 2014, Ukrainian human rights organization Truth Hounds has built an international reputation for its superb work in documenting war crimes in the eastern parts of the country.…

Letter

Ukraine Medics Face Rocket Attacks with Defiance

Ksenja is a 24 year-old pediatric doctor in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. She told Human Rights First that after a brief respite in the west of the country, today she’s on…

Letter

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

Lviv Offers Fast Track to Safety

Lviv's magnificent old railway station in Ukraine is one of those Art Nouveau classics of eastern Europe. It survived a couple of world wars, Nazi and Soviet occupations, and the…

Letter

Biden Should Speak Out on Trans People Blocked from Leaving Ukraine

Liana Georgi is an activist with the Safe Bow organization, which helps people from marginalized groups fleeing to safety from Ukraine. It was founded by gender non-conforming activist Rain Dove,…

Letter

Crimea Offers Disturbing Blueprint for Russian Takeover of Ukraine

Aliev Alim is a leading Crimean Tatar Human Rights Defender, and he told Human Rights First what could happen should Russian forces take control of more areas of Ukraine. Read…

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

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 Russian…

Press

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 profoundly…

Press

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…

Letter