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August 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As the United Nations Security Council considers its response to the now-confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria on August 21, Human Rights First condemns...
August 13, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First urges the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to clarify recent statements made suggesting that it will punish athletes who stand up for gay rights in Russia...
August 13, 2013
On Thursday, the Obama Administration agreed to start resettling up to 2,000 Syrian refugees. With no end in sight to the war in Syria, and roughly two million people having fled to neighboring...
August 07, 2013
Washington, D.C. – When the U.S. secretaries of state and defense meet with their Russian counterparts on Friday, they should warn that the $1.1 billion deal to buy Russian helicopters for...
August 02, 2013
New York City – Human  Rights First calls on the U.S. State Department to demand a clear answer from Russia about its planned treatment of gay athletes and spectators at the upcoming Winter...
July 31, 2013
The Pentagon is buying over $1.1 billion worth of helicopters and spare parts from the same Russian state-run dealer that arms the brutal regime of Syrian President Assad. This purchase comes at the...
July 30, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today applauds Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) for including a provision in the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriation Bill that was marked up in the Senate...

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Factsheet | July 10, 2014
Question: Is separate congressional authorization needed for United States military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria? Answer: Yes. As neither the...
Opinions | April 02, 2014
By Eleanor Acer, Refugee Protection When I met with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey a few months ago, many were already struggling with the realization that they would not be able...
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...
Factsheet | February 10, 2014
Nearly three years since the onset of violence in Syria, more than 2.4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, many with little hope of returning in the near future. How the United States...