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November 22, 2021 Exactly ten years ago today I was sitting in a Bahraini royal palace witnessing an extraordinary event. An international lawyer, who had been appointed by the King of Bahrain to investigate the...
October 29, 2021 For many years, the United Arab Emirates has been one of Washington’s most repressive military allies. Its brutal targeting of human rights defenders, its leadership role with Saudi Arabia in the war...
August 10, 2021 WASHINGTON – Sergei V. Kovalev, a stalwart defender of human rights in the Soviet and post-Communist eras, died Monday, August 9 in Moscow. Michael Breen, President and CEO of Human Rights First...
August 02, 2021 A few months ago, when the Biden administration was talking about “putting human rights at the center of foreign policy,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken met online with a group of leading human...
June 28, 2021 WASHINGTON – Emirati human rights defender Alaa al-Siddiq was killed in a car crash in England on June 19.  Human Rights First issued this statement from President and CEO Mike Breen. "We mourn...
May 28, 2021 NEW YORK -- In Hong Kong today, human rights lawyer Albert Ho, recipient of Human Rights First’s 2020 Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty, received two concurrent jail sentences of 18 months for his...
May 03, 2021 The sentencing of a political dissident in Saudi Arabia has presented a major test for a U.S. administration promising to put “human rights at the center of foreign policy.” 37-year-old...

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| August 20, 2021
Resources for Afghans Submit a referral to Project: Afghan Legal Assistance (PALA). Please input information for any Afghan person seeking legal assistance in the United States. Submit a PALA...
Factsheet | August 17, 2021
Evading the Misuse of Biometric Data We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in Afghanistan, including some left behind by...
Factsheet | August 16, 2021
We understand that the Taliban is now likely to have access to various biometric databases and equipment in Afghanistan, including some left behind by coalition military forces. This technology is...
| March 08, 2021
Are you a human rights defender with a problem that might demand a high-technology solution? Send us a note and let’s start a discussion about a potential collaboration. Digital surveillance and...