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March 15, 2019 By Ingrid Schultz Last week pre-trial hearings briefly resumed for the military commission prosecution of Abd al Hadi al-Iraqi. Pre-trial hearings have been continuously constrained by his spinal...
February 28, 2019 By Alexa Potter Tuesday morning, I attended the Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing for Guantanamo detainee Sharqawi Abdu Ali Al Hajj, a 44-year-old Yemeni detained since September 2004. But it...
August 13, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded two new measures in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act that will enhance national security by strengthening...
June 08, 2018 By Daniel Bergmann On Wednesday, during a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing led by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), senators from both sides of the aisle called for Congress to reassert its...
June 01, 2018 Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s report submitted to Congress by the Department of Defense on civilian casualties, Human Rights First’s Rita Siemion issued the following statement: "The...
May 23, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the proposal from Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that is tailored to current conflicts,...
May 16, 2018 Washington, D.C.—In testimony today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Human Rights First’s Rita Siemion urged senators to only enact a new authorization for use of military...

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October 10, 2016

The Permanent Missions of France, Iraq, and the United States Have the honor to invite you to a briefing

Featuring remarks by Iraqi, Yazidi Activists

Ameena Saeed Hasan and Khaleel Aldakhi

Recipients of the 2016 Human Rights First Award

Ms. Hasan and Mr. Aldakhi work courageously in northern Iraq to free Yazidi women and girls from Da’esh captivity and to provide support to survivors of enslavement and abuse.

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Issue Brief | January 22, 2019
In the fight against terrorism, minimizing and addressing civilian harm resulting from U.S. strikes is one of our most powerful weapons for successfully defeating terrorist organizations. In...
Issue Brief | January 04, 2019
Introduction As the armed conflict with various organized terrorist groups stretches into its sixteenth year, the United States continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured...
Testimony | May 15, 2018
Thank you, Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Menendez, for the invitation to be here today to discuss Senate Joint Resolution 59. After nearly 17 years of war, it is appropriate for Congress to...
Issue Brief | May 15, 2018
Within days of the 9/11 attacks, Congress passed an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against those who “planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on...

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