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Supporting Human Rights of LGBT Communities through U.S. Foreign Policy

July 22, 2015 United States Congress 2226 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC Spectrum Human Rights activists attended a briefing at the US Congress in Rayburn House Office Building. This briefing was addressed by Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) Co-Chair, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and Mr. Randy Berry, Special US Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons. The opening remarks were presented by Mark P. Lagon President, Freedom House. The briefing was dedicated to the unique role the United States can play in supporting the inherent human rights of LGBT persons around the world. Human rights for LGBT persons have reached a significant moment in history. While great progress has been made for equal rights, LGBT persons still face harsh discrimination, unequal access to healthcare, fear of violence, and, in some cases, legal persecution. The panel included Anatoly Kazakov, Spectrum Human Rights activist, Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth representative, Nikilas Mwanda, activist from Uganda and Jean Freedberg, Human Rights Campaign representative. The briefing was attended by the Spectrum Human Rights President, Mr. Larry Poltavtsev. IMG_2048 While discussing the US foreign policy role as an instrument for protection of the human rights and LGBT rights worldwide, Mr. Kazakov called the US Congress and US Government to implement tougher economic sanctions against Russia and, also expand Magnitsky list to seize Mr. Putin’s and his close allies personal assets. IMG_2052 This motion was supported by Mr. Poltavtsev who also suggested to develop people-to-people diplomacy to promote LGBT human rights in Russia while bypassing the obstacles created by Putin’s government for the existing NGO’s in Russia. Spectrum Human Rights will continue to lobby the US Congress and US Government to defend LGBT human rights in Russia and former Soviet Union space.

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