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June 04, 2014
New York City  - Human Rights First submitted an amicus brief before the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit yesterday urging the Court to increase its capacity to provide...
June 02, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First today urged the Senate to move forward with ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities following today’s Supreme Court decision in...
March 28, 2014
By Mai El-Sadany This week, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a vital resolution furthering the protection of human rights defenders globally. The resolution, which was pushed forward by Norway...
March 07, 2014
By Jess Ballance This week, Human Rights First will profile just a few of the millions of women worldwide who are fighting discrimination and gender-based violence, who work tirelessly to make...
March 07, 2014
New York City – Today’s New York Times reports that the United States government is likely to continue to insist that the international human rights law embodied in the International Covenant on...
February 20, 2014
By Mai El-Sadany Human rights defenders continue to face “extraordinary risks, according to the report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), set to be...
February 07, 2014
Today marks the 12th anniversary of a Bush Administration Military Order accepting the advice of counsel that the Geneva Conventions would not apply to the conflict with Al Qaeda and...

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Letter | June 03, 2014
To the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: We are a diverse coalition of leading NGOs and experts supporting U.S.-UN engagement to advance human rights. We write to urge a swift vote on the...
Report | May 07, 2013
The transition to democracy currently underway in Tunisia is the most promising reform process taking place in the Arab region, two years after the mass protests of the spring of 2011. Progress...
Report | February 28, 2013
How Targeting Third Parties Can Slow the Atrocities in Syria Download The Syrian conflict is a human rights catastrophe. Over the past two years, nearly 70,000 people have died, mostly...
Report | May 16, 2012
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are often among the most vulnerable and isolated of refugees. This is especially true in places where they are at heightened risk...