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The U.S. government should support those fighting for freedom, not their oppressors.

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November 18, 2016 Early indications suggest that the incoming Trump Administration will shape U.S. policy in the Middle East around closer cooperation with regional authoritarian regimes. This would be in keeping with...
November 15, 2016 This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: First, Bahraini authorities hit human rights defender Nabeel Rajab with charges for writing an oped in the New York Times, and...
November 07, 2016 Top Items Election Day Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8 is election day! In coming weeks, Human Rights First will offer analysis and recommendations for how the next administration can...
October 28, 2016 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today said that the outcome of two major court verdicts scheduled for Monday in Bahrain will be a vital test of the regime’s response to international...
October 24, 2016 This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: Monday October 31 will be a vital test for Bahrain. Two scheduled court verdicts will give a major indication on whether the regime is taking...
October 17, 2016 Top Items Guantanamo Human Rights First today praised the repatriation of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Slahi to Mauritania, and encourages the Obama Administration to keep up the pace of...
October 11, 2016 Top Items United Nations Last week the U.N. Security Council voted to elect former prime minister of Portugal António Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. Guterres...

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October 10, 2016

The Permanent Missions of France, Iraq, and the United States Have the honor to invite you to a briefing

Featuring remarks by Iraqi, Yazidi Activists

Ameena Saeed Hasan and Khaleel Aldakhi

Recipients of the 2016 Human Rights First Award

Ms. Hasan and Mr. Aldakhi work courageously in northern Iraq to free Yazidi women and girls from Da’esh captivity and to provide support to survivors of enslavement and abuse.

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Issue Brief | June 21, 2016
Poland’s Anti-Terror Law Recommendations for U.S. officials attending Warsaw NATO Summit 2016 Background Since the right-wing Law and Justice Party took office in Poland after the...
Timeline | April 22, 2016
Syria Timeline 2011–2016 2011  March: Inspired by demonstrations across the region, protestors begin demanding democratic reforms. Security forces retaliate by opening fire and...
Issue Brief | April 19, 2016
High Stakes for Syria at GCC Meeting How President Obama Should Urge Gulf Leaders to Help Syria  Download the Brief When President Obama meets the leaders of the Gulf...
Letter | April 18, 2016
April 18, 2016 Dear President Obama: I am writing to urge you to address the vital issue of human rights during your forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia and at the Summit Meeting with leaders of...

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