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September 12, 2014
Washington, D.C.  – Human Rights First today said that the ongoing trial of 23 people who are being prosecuted for violating Egypt's anti-protest law is evidence that Egypt is not on a path...
August 29, 2014
By Faria Rehman This week, the world lost one of the most influential pioneers of the Egyptian uprising of the 1980’s, human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif el-Islam. His lifelong dedication to freedom...
August 27, 2014
New York City – Following the death of prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed Seif el-Islam, Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks issued the following statement: "We are saddened to...
August 21, 2014
Wishful thinking does not make for sound public policy. But the U.S. government so desperately wants to believe that new Egyptian President Sisi is on the path to democracy that it keeps telling...
August 14, 2014
This is cross posted from The Huffington Post: Human rights defenders aren’t always easy company. It’s their job to be stubborn and sure of themselves, so they’re often intense, sometimes abrasive...
July 30, 2014
By Jannat Majeed As the first parliamentary elections since Egyptian President Sisi was elected loom closer, the Egyptian government has put various restrictions on civil society in place. ...
July 21, 2014
Top News CHILDREN AT THE BORDER On Friday, President Obama will meet with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to discuss the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-...

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Letter | March 11, 2014
An open letter from Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino calling upon President Barack Obama to urge the government of Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the United States in actions...
Report | January 22, 2014
Human Rights First's report describes how the Egyptian government is increasingly targeting non-violent dissenters through widespread repression in Egypt, stifling basic freedoms and exacerbating the...
Opinions | January 09, 2014
By Tad Stanke, Human Rights First Since the removal of President Morsi from office in July, Egypt’s vulnerable Christian minority has been caught in the middle of a highly destructive zero-sum...
Blueprint | December 03, 2013
Blueprint for U.S. Government Policy  Human Rights First issued a new blueprint for U.S. government policy in Egypt detailing steps the United States should take to help arrest Egypt’s...