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October 11, 2019 Saudi Arabia is again showing Washington what a great ally it is by hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin on a visit to Riyadh in the coming days. The U.S. government’s years of plying Saudi...
September 30, 2019 New York City—Human Rights First today called for the Hong Kong authorities to respect the rights to peaceful association, assembly, and expression ahead of major protests anticipated tomorrow....
September 30, 2019 New York City— One year ago Wednesday, Saudi Arabian officials lured Saudi dissident, Virginia resident, and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi out of the United States,...
September 24, 2019 Around 150 people, most middle-aged, pack into the Hong Kong church to hear a group of young lawyers speak about their rights and responsibilities. The meeting opens with a hymn in English. Then...
September 19, 2019 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today released a new report outlining what the U.S. government and other American actors should do in response to the unrest in Hong Kong....
September 06, 2019 Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s remarks from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the role of unalienable rights in U.S. foreign policy, Human Rights First's Rob Berschinski issued the following...
July 22, 2019 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today, in partnership with nearly 180 human rights, faith-based, civil liberties, professional, academic, and social justice organizations,...

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Report | September 19, 2019
Download Report Hong Kong’s Fight for the Rule of Law Introduction Human rights lawyers and other civil society leaders in Hong Kong are urging members of Congress to pass the Hong Kong...
Letter | July 22, 2019
Read and Download The Honorable Michael Pompeo Secretary of State U.S. Department of State Washington, D.C. 20520   Dear Secretary Pompeo: We, the undersigned U.S. foreign...
Factsheet | July 10, 2019
Download Accountability for Khashoggi’s Murder is a Must On October 2, 2018, a team of Saudi government agents murdered Washington Post columnist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi after...
Letter | July 02, 2019
Download Letter July 2, 2019 Dear Chairman McGovern and Ranking Member Cole, We, the undersigned organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of universal human rights, write to...

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