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June 25, 2015
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. This week the Kenyan government is hosting a summit on countering violent extremism in Nairobi, a regional conference that follows up on a February...
June 25, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today welcomed the release of the State Department’s 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, noting that the widespread violations of human rights...
June 22, 2015
This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: Yul Brynner's 1962 role as a political leader on the run from a middle eastern dictator wasn't his finest. The film-Escape from Zahrain-is...
June 19, 2015
Washington, D.C. - In response to today’s reports that Ebrahim Sharif, leader of Bahraini liberal secular group Waad, has been released from prison Human Rights First’s Brian Dooley issued the...
June 19, 2015
By Olivia Hunzenis The government crackdown on civil society in Egypt is intensifying. On June 9, Egyptian government investigators visited the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), a...
June 17, 2015
This blog has been cross posted from The Huffington Post: Sunday June 21 will mark one year since Egyptian human rights defender Yara Sallam and 22 others were arrested in the Cairo district...
June 10, 2015
This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: Finally, after serving his three year sentence in a Bahrain prison, 47 year-old nurse Ebrahim Demastani has been released. Demastani is one...

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April 4, 2014

On May 7, 2014, Human Rights First hosts the NY premiere of the film WE ARE THE GIANT, a movie profiling the plights of seven activists involved in the various national uprisings of the Arab Spring.

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Factsheet | March 10, 2015
“Too often, we have failed to enforce international norms when it’s inconvenient to do so. And we have not confronted forcefully enough the intolerance, sectarianism, and hopelessness that feeds...
Letter | September 26, 2014
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) urged the Bahraini government to drop the travel ban and...
Testimony | July 10, 2014
Testimony of Elisa Massimino for the hearing on "Human Rights Vetting:  Nigeria and Beyond" before the  the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human...
Opinions | June 05, 2014
By Brian Dooley Boycott is an Irish word. At least its origins are in Ireland, from 1880 when tenant farmers in County Mayo withheld rent from land agent Captain Boycott. They refused to...

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