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November 12, 2014
Geneva – Human Rights First welcomes the U.S. government’s efforts to clarify the scope of the application of the Convention Against Torture.  Today in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture...
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 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...
September 24, 2013
New York City – President Obama’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly was a strong endorsement of the centrality of universal values to American foreign policy, says Human Rights First...
September 23, 2013
New York City – Following today’s High Level Event on Supporting Civil Society hosted by President Barack Obama, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino, who attended the event,...
September 23, 2013
New York City ­­– Tomorrow as President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly, Human Rights First urges him to call for a Security Council resolution regarding the use of chemical...

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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...