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June 14, 2013
Washington, D.C. – In the wake of revelations that the National Security Administration obtained private user data from several technology companies, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa...
May 22, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today praised Facebook’s decision to join the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder group established in 2008 with the goal of protecting online freedom...
April 17, 2013
Washington, DC – Today in its decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, the Supreme Court gutted the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a law that has been on the books for more than 200...
March 11, 2013
Washington, D.C. – A Bahraini court has acquitted prominent human rights defender Said Yousif Al-Muhafdah of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) on charges of tweeting false information...
March 08, 2013
Washington, D.C. – A verdict in the Twitter case of prominent human rights defender Said Yousif Al-Muhafdah of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) is expected on Monday, March 11. “...
February 13, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First praises President Obama for using his State of the Union address to reaffirm that in its policies towards countries in transition from authoritarianism in...
February 10, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today said that a Cairo court ruling this weekend to block YouTube for 30 days in punishment for the webpage’s showing of an offensive anti-Muslim video that...

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Letter | June 13, 2013
In the wake of revelations that the National Security Administration obtained private user data from several technology companies, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino sent a letter...
Blueprint | November 30, 2012
When U.S. companies abuse or facilitate violations of human rights abroad, they undermine U.S. national interests in advancing security, economic development, and human rights. ...
Testimony | October 18, 2012
In a Human Rights First testimony before the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Human Rights First’s Meg Roggensack detailed the broad scope of online safety challenges posed by repressive regimes and the...