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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...
December 23, 2013
Human Rights First welcomed the news  today that Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alyokhina have been released from prison in Russia. The members of the punk band were each...
December 17, 2013
Washington D.C.­– Human Rights First today said the Obama Administration’s decision to send prominent LGBT Americans and vocal allies as members of the official U.S. delegation to the upcoming...
December 16, 2013
Today in an interview with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, Human Rights First’s Shawn Gaylord addressed the need for a strong LGBT presence in the U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics. In a letter...
December 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes news reports that an upcoming amnesty measure could free the members of Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists who are currently imprisoned in...
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...


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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,...