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July 30, 2013
Washington, D.C. – New documents obtained by Human Rights First suggest that American taxpayers have been paying a sharply increased price for the Russian helicopters that the United States is...
July 26, 2013
By Brad Powell Devices from U.S. technology company Blue Coat Systems have again been identified by Citizen Lab in sanctioned countries, including Syria, Iran, and Sudan. As the report details,...
July 23, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today said the United States must stop doing business with Russian arms dealer Rosoboronexport and it released a blueprint detailing steps Congress and the...
July 11, 2013
By Sadia Hameed The Pentagon is giving Syria’s top arms supplier $553 million. Why? To buy thirty Mi-17 helicopters for Afghan forces who can neither fly nor maintain them. I didn’t think this...
July 11, 2013
News broke recently that the Pentagon is buying $553 million worth of Mi-17 helicopters from the Russian state arms dealer Rosoboronexport. Rosoboronrexport happens to be Syria’s top...
June 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today denounced news that the Pentagon is spending millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase helicopters from a congressionally-barred Russian arms dealer...
June 17, 2013
Washington D.C.- Today on the sidelines of the G8 Summit, President Obama met with Russian President Putin to discuss the conflict in Syria. Human Rights First notes that the U.S government has...

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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...
Testimony | January 06, 2014
In a statement on January 7, 2014 to the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, Human Rights First recommended ways for the United States to...