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May 23, 2016 Amid all the sobering news making headlines, it’s important to recognize that the U.S. government has been taking steps to consolidate advances made on human rights issues, with an eye to ensuring...
March 25, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Today Human Rights First welcomed the support of the U.S. government for a resolution adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council on the protection of human rights defenders working to...
February 23, 2016 By Timothy Meyers U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst, issued a damning assessment of  Hungary’s treatment of human rights defenders and civil...
December 22, 2015 Last Wednesday the United States hosted the first ever U.N. Security Council session on human trafficking in armed conflict. Nick Grono, head of the Freedom Fund—a private donor fund dedicated...
October 15, 2015 By Anita Dhanvanthari At the highly publicized Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism during the United Nations General Assembly on September 29, President Obama recognized the...
October 13, 2015 This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: With Somalia's October 1, 2015, ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the United States is currently...
September 28, 2015 Top News Global Refugee Crisis On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration and National Interest Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016...

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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...