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Since the beginning of the democratic uprising in Bahrain in 2011, the U.S. government has failed to stand behind peaceful human rights activists as they face a brutal crackdown. We amplify the voices of Bahraini activists to give them a measure of protection, and we work alongside as we press the U.S. government to support their cause. 

The overthrow of President Mubarak in 2011 offered the U.S. government a chance to reshape its policy toward Egypt and finally support human rights. Yet U.S. backing for democratic reforms has been halting. Drawing on years of experience working in Egypt, we’re pressing the U.S. government to once and for all place human rights at the heart of this key bilateral relationship. Photo: AP. 

Applying our patented enabler strategy to the conflict in Syria, we’re pressing the U.S. government to lead a comprehensive effort to cut off the flow of weapons, supplies, and services to the Assad regime. This low-risk, non-violent approach could degrade the Assad regime enough to curb its ability to wage war and perhaps compel a political resolution. Photo: AP.

As defenders fight for their rights in the face of often brutal persecution, they often look to the United States for support. We help them secure that support. Working alongside defenders, we amplify their voices and seek policy changes to benefit their cause. And because defenders are their own best advocates, we connect them to U.S officials capable of influencing foreign policy.

Too often its diplomacy with Indonesia, the U.S. government sidelines human rights concerns in favor of counterterrorism. Some of the security forces that receive U.S funding have committed human rights abuses. The U.S. government should use its leverage to end impunity for security forces. It should also press Indonesia to repeal its discriminatory blasphemy law and to seek accountability in the case of assassinated human rights activist, Munir Said Thalib. Photo: AP.

American popular culture reaches into living rooms and theaters across the world. We challenge the entertainment industry to recognize this power and tackle human rights issues with the accuracy and complexity they demand. We created the Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment to honor creators who meet this challenge. 

After 9-11, Congress authorized military force against those responsible. But the war morphed into an ever-expanding conflict that has enabled human rights abuses. Torture, indefinite detention, unjust military commissions, and legally dubious drone strikes threaten national security as terrorists use them to win supporters and U.S. credibility crumbles. American ideals are a national security asset: the U.S. government best protects Americans when it protects human rights. It’s time to protect national security and fight terrorism in a smart, tailored, rights-respecting way.

So-called “targeted killing” has become central to U.S. counterterrorism efforts. However, there is ample evidence that the program does not comport with respect for human rights and international law. So we’re pressing the U.S. government to make the program more transparent and to bring it onto firm legal footing. Photo: AP.

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