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November 14, 2013
Recently, Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution discussed removing the offense of blasphemy from Irish law. Currently, a person found guilty of publishing or uttering “blasphemous matters” can be...
November 05, 2013
By Molly Hofsommer Human Rights Defenders Program Last week Kuwait's Court of Appeals upheld the 10-year prison sentence of blogger Hamad al Naqi, 26, for comments considered offensive to Islam...
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...
September 16, 2013
Last week, when Terry Jones decided to use his First Amendment right to freedom of speech, to insult Muslims by burning the Qur’an, he was met by a small group of activists in Florida who decided to...
August 28, 2013
Four years ago, Asia Bibi was asked to fetch water while working in the fields. Some of her Muslim fellow workers refused to drink it because they considered it to be “unclean” since it was collected...
August 28, 2013
Fifty years ago today Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. His remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial laid out a soaring vision for an America free of racism...
August 26, 2013
Exactly two years ago, Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped. On his way to work in Lahore on August 26, 2011, a group of armed gunmen surrounded his car and forced him out. The snatching shocked Pakistan and...

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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...