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June 07, 2013
At an event last week in Washington D.C. Rached Ghannouchi, President of the Islamist Nahdha, the largest party in Tunisia’s elected Constituent Assembly, made the case that Tunisia is a model for...
May 30, 2013
New York City – Suspended prison sentences have been imposed on 20 people convicted of taking part in the deadly attack by hundreds of religious extremists on the U.S. Embassy last September,...
May 23, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First condemns the sentencing of Turkish-Armenian author Sevan Nisanyan to thirteen months in prison for “insulting the religious beliefs held by a section of...
May 08, 2013
New York City – A new Human Rights First report released today details steps the United States and Tunisian governments should take to protect freedom of expression to support Tunisia’...
May 07, 2013
NEW YORK – Human Rights First condemns this weekend’s violent protests in Bangladesh between police and Islamic hardliners in which dozens of people were killed, including law-enforcement...
May 03, 2013
On February 12, 2012, 23-year-old journalist and poet Hamza Kashgari was accused of blasphemy after he posted a string of Twitter messages in which he imagined himself speaking with the Prophet...
May 02, 2013
By Mehran Hicks This week at the Centennial Summit and Gala of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Elisa Massimino discussed the need to advance the global fight against discrimination and hate...

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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...