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October 31, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First calls on the U.S. Treasury Department to investigate reports of sanctions-busting by Russian banks that are enabling the regime of Syria’s Bashir al-Assad....
October 30, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First applauds Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for their continued campaign to stop the Pentagon from purchasing arms from Russian arms...
September 26, 2013
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, President Obama advocated a broad effort to end the Syrian conflict by renewing peace negotiations.  Such a plan must target those who are...
September 25, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Secretary of State Kerry prepares to sign the International Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of President Obama, Human Rights First praises the United States’ commitment to joining...
September 17, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomed a letter sent by a bipartisan group of four U.S. senators to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew asking that the United States designate as sanctions-...
September 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – This evening, following President Obama’s address to the nation making his case to the American people for action on Syria, Human Rights First issued the following...
September 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to deliver his Oval Office address, remarks that will reportedly detail the reasons behind his request for authority to launch military strikes...

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Impact Study | December 23, 2013
Since the beginning of the civil war in 2011, Russia’s state arms dealer Rosoboronexport has been selling arms to President Bashar Al-Assad’s government. Rosoboronexport has provided arms worth...
Opinions | September 13, 2013
Op-ed by Sonni Efron. Russian President Vladimir Putin's dulcet editorial in the New York Times this week sounded like the opening aria in a charm offensive aimed not just at preempting...
Video | September 03, 2013
Human Rights First's Gabor Rona talks about Syrian chemical weapons on HLN. 
Factsheet | September 01, 2013
The Obama Administration is understandably frustrated by the repeated obstruction of multilateral efforts to end the Syria crisis from Russia and China at the United Nations Security...