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September 22, 2015
Top News Global Refugee Crisis Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will increase the annual number of refugees it takes in by 15,000, bringing the total...
November 21, 2014
By Darren Gan This Tuesday, China’s state newspaper Global Times ran the feature story, “How a Chinese Rural Gay Couple Defied Gossip, Exorcists and Arranged Marriage,” the first LGBT-specific...
February 07, 2014
By Molly Hofsommer and Mai El-Sadany After a three-month absence, Egyptian satirist and columnist Bassem Youssef returned to the air today, charming his audience with yet another satirical...
January 28, 2014
Tonight at 7pm, join us for an evening of performance and a discussion about Guantanamo with Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza has partnered with Human Rights First to raise...
November 18, 2013
A version of this post was published on Buzzfeed. Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding launched her new music video today titled We Are America days before U.S. Senators will vote on a...
November 13, 2013
Human Rights First today is calling upon the Russian government to allow Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to contact her family and lawyers following the announcement from Russia’s human rights...
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...


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March 3, 2014

On March 19, 2014, Human Rights First hosts the DC 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.


Video | January 22, 2014
Human Rights First's President and CEO Elisa Massimino calls on the CIA to state loud and clear that torture played no role in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Opinions | January 07, 2013
Op-ed by Michael Marks. ‘ZERO Dark Thirty” hits movie theaters this week, but it has already ignited a debate about torture. At issue is its efficacy — or lack thereof. The film suggests that...
Letter | February 20, 2012
Twenty-eight of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals urged the filmmakers, actors and engineers behind the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty to use their public appearances,...