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June 07, 2016
By Meghan Hampsey Although traffickers often use physical force to control their victims, they don’t always. And physical force isn’t required for the crime to be considered trafficking under U.S...
June 06, 2016
Associate Attorney, National Security
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Last week I spent five days observing the Guantanamo Bay military commission pretrial hearings in the case against the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and his...
June 06, 2016
Vice President, Communications
Top Items Human Trafficking This week Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States. In advance of the visit, Human Rights First is urging the...
June 06, 2016
Advocacy Counsel
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I remember seeing footage of Pride parades on television in the late 70s. At that time, those few seconds would inevitably be the most outrageous scenes you could imagine, accompanied by...
June 03, 2016
Researcher & Advocate, Ford Fellow
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Sometimes what isn’t said speaks louder than what is, and that’s certainly true of the State Department’s 2015 Country Reports on Terrorism released this week. The section on Bahrain highlights the...
June 03, 2016
Communications Associate
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced who will compete as part of a historic first-ever Olympic refugee team. The announcement, which came this morning, revealed the...
June 02, 2016
Associate, National Security
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Today, nearly 17 months after the release of his best-selling memoir Guantanamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi received his Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing. Slahi is a 45-year-old Guantanamo...
June 02, 2016
Director, Pillar Project
The civil society and human rights community may be wearied by attacks by authoritarian (or authoritarian-inspired) regimes. And we may be worn out by the cynical, and effective, tactics of these...
June 01, 2016
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By Leah Schulz Last month Bahrain’s parliament passed a measure prohibiting religious figures from participating in political activities. Under this amendment to the 2005 Political Society...
May 31, 2016
Associate, National Security
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This month’s ninth Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing was conducted this morning for detainee Shawqi Awad Balzuhair. Balzuhair is a 35-year-old Yemeni and has been held at Gitmo since...

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