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November 15, 2013
By Sarah Bessell Human Rights Defenders Program Kenya looks set to become the latest country to pass damaging foreign funding laws targeting civil society. This is a clear attempt to control...
September 26, 2013
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday, President Obama advocated a broad effort to end the Syrian conflict by renewing peace negotiations.  Such a plan must target those who are...
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...
September 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – This evening, following President Obama’s address to the nation making his case to the American people for action on Syria, Human Rights First issued the following...
September 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes yesterday’s statement signed by 47 countries, including the United States, that expresses concern over human rights violations in Bahrain. The...

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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...