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November 13, 2013
Today the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee, Jeh Johnson, to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS...
November 08, 2013
Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released a story by Matthieu Aikins detailing possible abuses committed by U.S. Green Berets and/or their translators in Afghanistan. This grisly account could be...
October 22, 2013
Photo: Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque It is now roughly five months since President Barack Obama announced a new direction for U.S. counterterrorism strategy. "America is at a...
October 11, 2013
This is a cross-post from BuzzFeed. Torture jokes were a big hit at Dick Cheney’s roast earlier this week. Even Cheney couldn't help himself and told a torturing joke....
September 24, 2013
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. Before I became a human rights advocate, I played a lot of Grand Theft Auto. I probably shot thousands of virtual civilians before my 18th birthday....
September 24, 2013
This afternoon, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold its confirmation hearing for Assistant Secretary of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor nominee Tom Malinowski. The hearing is likely to...
August 15, 2013
This week, the United States published its periodic report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture, which monitors compliance with the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). The...

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Testimony | September 22, 2014
Keynote Address to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw, Poland by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First. Dated September 22, 2014. Good...
Transcription | August 11, 2014
Below is a shortened transcript of the August 5 media telebriefing featuring retired Generals Joseph Hoar and Paul Eaton, former General Counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora, and Human Rights First’s...
Opinions | August 06, 2014
An opinion piece by Antonio M. Taguba ALEXANDRIA, Va. — THE Senate Intelligence Committee will soon release key sections of its report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and...
Opinions | August 05, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley In 2009 with bi-partisan support, the Senate intelligence committee began an investigation of the CIA’s use of so-called “enhanced...