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Many countries have instituted blasphemy laws in the name of protecting religious freedom. But these laws are often used to persecute religious minorities and suppress freedom of expression. We press the U.S. government to vigorously oppose them, and why we led a successful effort at the U.N. to oppose a “defamations of religious” measure—a global blasphemy code. Photo: Corbis.

We partner with LGBT and other civil society activists in Russia who are fighting for their rights. Taking our cue from these activists, we urge the U.S. government to emphasize human rights in its diplomacy with Russia, all the more important now that the Putin government has launched a far-ranging clampdown on dissent. Photo: AP.

Across the world, including in the United States, women are disproportionately poor and uneducated, and they face discrimination and gender-based violence. These problems hurt everyone because societies aren’t free unless women are. Whether we’re helping female refugees or partnering with female activists or combating gender-based persecution, we make women’s human rights a priority, and we urge the U.S. government to do the same. Photo: AP.

In this era of increased global migration, and global economic distress, those viewed as “foreign” are increasingly vulnerable to harassment and violence as they become scapegoats for societal ills. We urge the U.S. government and the U.N.H.C.R to take the lead in helping governments improve their ability to combat xenophobic hate crime.

Military commissions at Gitmo, now in their third incarnation, are a failed experiment. Structurally shoddy and constitutionally dubious, they have produced few convictions while undermining the rule of law. Federal trials, by contrast, have produced more than 400 convictions of terrorists since 9-11, denied Al Qaeda members the warriors’ martyrdom they seek, and set a standard of justice before the world. Photo: AP.

Due process refers to a fair judicial process, which includes a fair trial, qualified legal representation, and the ability to appeal. We’ve championed the right of due process for activists opposing repressive regimes, and we’ve also led the battle against the military tribunals at Gitmo, which undermine due process. Photo: AP.

The U.S. government detains some 400,000 immigrants every year. The overwhelmingly majority are housed in jail or jail-like facilities, and the system lacks due process safeguard to ensure that detention isn’t arbitrary. We press the U.S. government to embrace a more humane, non-penal model of detention, and to take advantage of cost-effective alternatives to detention.

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Among human rights groups in the United States, we’ve led the effort to ensure that the U.S. government makes antisemitism a foreign policy priority. Our emphasis is on Europe, where antisemitic hate crime is alarmingly prevalent and increasing in some areas. We urge the U.S. government to work with its European allies to institute laws and practices to combat this problem. Photo: AP.

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