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August 01, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power and looks forward to working with her as she begins her important work at the...
July 17, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First urges Members of the Senate to quickly confirm Samantha Power as Ambassador to the United Nations. Power’s nomination hearing this morning demonstrates her...
June 05, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today, following President Obama’s announcement that Ambassador Susan Rice will replace Tom Donilon as the administration’s National Security Advisor and Samantha Power is the...
April 22, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First condemns today’s decision of the Bahrain government to postpone U.N. Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez’s visit to the country. Mendez was due to travel to...
April 02, 2013
Washington D.C. - This morning, members of the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of an International Arms Trade Treaty that will, for the first time, establish internationally...
March 22, 2013
New York City – Human Rights First today welcomes a new text on combating religious intolerance that diplomats at the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted today. During this week’s negotiations,...
November 07, 2012
The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recently issued new Guidelines on International Protection for people seeking refugee status due to persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender...

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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...