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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...
September 10, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to deliver his Oval Office address, remarks that will reportedly detail the reasons behind his request for authority to launch military strikes...
August 30, 2013
Washington, DC – As the Obama Administration continues to weigh its options for responding to the chemical weapons attack that killed 1400 Syrian civilians on August...
August 28, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As the United Nations Security Council considers its response to the now-confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria on August 21, Human Rights First condemns...
August 23, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As Syria’s conflict continues to escalate, Human Rights First notes that it is critical for the United States to support countries along the Syrian border so that these...
August 19, 2013
Today Human Rights First commemorates the tenth anniversary of the loss of remarkable human rights advocates, Arthur C. Helton, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and Richard Hooper,...

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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...