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

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January 06, 2016
On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his now-famous speech on four freedoms essential to democracy and human rights: Freedom of speech Freedom of religion...
September 17, 2015
Next week Pope Francis will make his first visit the United States. The occasion has Catholics and non-Catholics alike wondering what issues the Pope will choose to speak about. His six-day tour...
September 16, 2015
Bahrain is considering a new blasphemy law, which will likely be used to harass and silence the regime’s critics. Cleric Sheikh Maytham Al Salman, head of the religious freedom unit at Bahrain Human...
June 25, 2015
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. This week the Kenyan government is hosting a summit on countering violent extremism in Nairobi, a regional conference that follows up on a February...
June 11, 2015
The European community is taking a more active stance against Hungary’s dangerous slide into authoritarianism and extremism. This is a welcome step.  Both the European Parliament and the...
January 13, 2015
As Congress enters its 114th session, human rights must take the spotlight. Below are five foreign policy priorities that we at Human Rights First believe Congress should put at the top of their to-...
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...

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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...