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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...
May 02, 2013
Last week, the Indonesian police charged five teenage girls with blasphemy. What was their crime? Dancing to a Maroon 5 song, alternating between pop moves and traditional prayer movements. The video...
May 01, 2013
Earlier this month, police in Bangladesh arrested journalist Asif Mohiuddin, three other bloggers, and an editor for criticizing the government for its failure to protect religious minorities...
April 10, 2013
Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis marched in the streets, calling for the death penalty for two bloggers who allegedly insulted Islam. Yes, you read correctly. That’s...
April 08, 2013
New York City - Human Rights First today called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to immediately establish a public inquiry into incidents of sectarian violence that have occurred in recent...
April 02, 2013
The harassment of Egyptian comedy talk-show host Bassem Youssef has caught the attention of people across the Arab world, many of whom watch his popular show on satellite television or catch the most...

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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...
Impact Study | December 23, 2013
In 2010, Shehrbano Taseer  accompanied her father Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province in Pakistan, to a prison to visit Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian women who had been sentenced to...
Opinions | October 27, 2013
Op-ed by Elisa Massimino. Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site of 2011 protests that brought down the presidency of...