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March 08, 2016 Washington, D.C.—To mark International Women’s Day, Human Rights First today renewed its calls for the Obama Administration to end its policy of detaining asylum-seeking and refugee women...
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-...

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October 10, 2016

The Permanent Missions of France, Iraq, and the United States Have the honor to invite you to a briefing

Featuring remarks by Iraqi, Yazidi Activists

Ameena Saeed Hasan and Khaleel Aldakhi

Recipients of the 2016 Human Rights First Award

Ms. Hasan and Mr. Aldakhi work courageously in northern Iraq to free Yazidi women and girls from Da’esh captivity and to provide support to survivors of enslavement and abuse.

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Issue Brief | May 05, 2017
France’s presidential election is a potential turning point for Europe, which continues to reel from Britain’s decision to exit the European Union. Ethno-nationalist populism has been gaining ground...
Report | February 06, 2017
Germany is at a tipping point as it heads into important national elections in 2017. Hate crimes, particularly those associated with xenophobia, have increased drastically—from 5,858 cases in 2014 to...
Issue Brief | November 17, 2016
Download In October 2016 Human Rights First visited the Essex County Correctional Facility, Hudson County Correctional Facility, and Elizabeth Detention Center, the three principal facilities used...
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...