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November 25, 2014 Washington, D.C.– As President Obama chooses a nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Human Rights First urges him to select a candidate who can oversee the completion of...
September 23, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urged President Obama to use his appearances at the United Nations to call for a global response to extremism and terrorism that recognizes human...
June 23, 2014 Washington, DC – Human Rights First today noted that the redacted 2010 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo detailing the rationale behind the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American...
May 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. – President Obama’s West Point commencement address detailed a vision of American leadership that is not only consistent with our nation’s values and ideals, but also recognizes that...
May 20, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes  today’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will comply with a federal appeals court ruling and publicly release the legal...
May 16, 2014 “From our own difficult experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, we know that turning the tide of an insurgency requires more than force.” These were the words of the State Department’s Ambassador Robert...
April 22, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First praises yesterday’s decision by a federal appeals court to release portions of the Justice Department memo that provided the legal justification that underpinned...

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Issue Brief | March 28, 2016
Download THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION has repeatedly emphasized its strong commitment to transparency and accountability, including with respect to national security, counterterrorism, and military...
Letter | March 16, 2016
Download PDF Dear President Obama: Since your first days in office, you have emphasized the importance of transparency to a strong democracy and accountable government. Over the years, your...
Letter | May 14, 2015
May 13, 2015 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States of America White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Re: Public Acknowledgement and Investigations...
Testimony | May 20, 2014
Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations May 21, 2014 Download SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Human Rights First welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s attention to the...

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