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We champion religious freedom with an emphasis on the danger of blasphemy laws.

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December 03, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today issued an analysis of hate crime data from 57 countries which includes recommendations for governments of the Organization for Society...
September 18, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First’s Tad Stahnke will testify before Congress today and detail recommendations for the U.S. government to advance U.S. policy on international religious freedom in...
July 31, 2014
Washington DC – Human Rights First today welcomed news reports that Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese woman who was given a death sentence in Sudan on charges of apostasy for marrying a...
July 30, 2014
Washington, D.C. –  Human Rights First today said that following the nomination of Rabbi David Saperstein for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, the Obama...
June 27, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First urges U.S. diplomats to continue to press the Sudanese government to allow Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag to leave the country. Ibrahim, who was recently released...
June 23, 2014
Washington DC – Human Rights First today welcomed the release of Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a Sudanese woman who had been given a death sentence in Sudan on charges of apostasy for marrying a...
October 29, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First welcomes the release of Hamza Kashgari, a Saudi journalist who was accused of blasphemy and jailed for 20 months after posting a series of Tweets. The organization...

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Testimony | September 18, 2014
Testimony of Tad Stahnke before the house committee on oversight and government reform subcommittee on national security: "Meeting Current International Religious Freedom and National Security...
Report | May 20, 2014
Legislation that seeks to criminalize those who insult or defame religions, or commit blasphemy often leads to human rights abuses. These laws prohibit injuring religious feelings or insulting...
Letter | March 11, 2014
An open letter from Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino calling upon President Barack Obama to urge the government of Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the United States in actions...
Opinions | January 09, 2014
By Tad Stanke, Human Rights First Since the removal of President Morsi from office in July, Egypt’s vulnerable Christian minority has been caught in the middle of a highly destructive zero-sum...