Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino met with President Obama this morning, along with a group of activists participating in the Human Rights Summit today and tomorrow.
Frontline human rights defenders from Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, Belarus, Zimbabwe, Russia, Indonesia, Venezuela and other nations described the increasing repression against them and encouraged the President to play a greater leadership role in defending fundamental freedoms of association, assembly and expression.
Massimino stressed that, to support their courageous work, the United States must also set an example here at home. She and the group urged that the President follow through on his promise to align
Also, stay tuned for a Plan of Action at the conclusion of the Summit with specific recommendations for the United States and other governments.