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May 22, 2013
The head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police has said anyone who uses Twitter "has lost this world and his afterlife." Previously, the government-appointed imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca...
May 22, 2013
Washington, DC – The attacks on human rights activist in Bahrain intensified today as three prominent civil society figures – Zainab Al Khawaja, Masooma Alsayed, Naji Fateel – were sentenced to...
May 15, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today voiced concerns for the safety of jailed leading human rights defenders, including President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Nabeel Rajab...
May 10, 2013
Cairo, Egypt – Human Rights First today condemns the detention of democracy activist Ahmed Maher at the Cairo Airport today. Maher is currently under criminal investigation for “inciting...
May 07, 2013
On September 8, 2006, Fusün Erdoğan, the founder and director of the radio station Ozgur Radyo, was kidnapped, blindfolded, and thrown into an unmarked car by plainclothes policemen. For two...
May 03, 2013
On February 12, 2012, 23-year-old journalist and poet Hamza Kashgari was accused of blasphemy after he posted a string of Twitter messages in which he imagined himself speaking with the Prophet...
May 03, 2013
By Christopher Plummer The ongoing abuse in Tibet remains one of the most dire human rights crises in the world. In recent years, protesters have taken to self-immolating in the streets to...

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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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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...
Opinions | May 28, 2014
By Brian Dooley Bahrain, says The Hill blog piece posted by Rob Sobhani on Friday, May 23, is a "reliable friend of America," and a "loyal ally." But the reality is that Bahrain can be...
Opinions | May 12, 2014
By Rula Al Saffar MANAMA, Bahrain — In February of 2011, when the Bahraini government violently cracked down on peaceful pro-reform protesters in Pearl Roundabout, I immediately knew what I had to...

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