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August 02, 2022 By Cora Wright A few weeks ago, a Mexican cartel in Nuevo Laredo kidnapped Baptist Pastor Lorenzo Ortiz, who operates a network of shelters for migrants, including asylum seekers turned back to...
July 25, 2022 By Brian Dooley  It’s an agonizing decision for human rights defenders: is there a point where they switch from peaceful resistance to take up arms? For some defenders who are pacifists, non-...
July 22, 2022 By Brian Dooley and Quinn Fulton  You’d think if you got a ten-year jail sentence you’d be released after ten years. Not in the bizarro world of the repressive United Arab Emirates. The...
July 12, 2022 By Brian Dooley  War crimes in Ukraine are now so horribly common that one of the local groups tracking them documents incidents virtually every day. The latest report from ...
June 30, 2022 Brian Dooley & Aoife Duffy Since the 1998 Good Friday/Belfast Agreement which ended the 30-year conflict in Northern Ireland, the region has largely enjoyed progress and prosperity owing to...
June 15, 2022 By Brian Dooley True to its word, the Biden White House is recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Just not in the way we'd hoped. Press reports suggest Biden...
May 05, 2022 By Brian Dooley Tucked in northeastern Ukraine, less than 25 miles from the Russian border, Kharkiv is a major target of Russia’s invasion.  It’s Ukraine’s second-biggest city, and for the...

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Letter | June 27, 2022
Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders for a Report on Human Rights Defenders...
Factsheet | March 22, 2022
Human Rights First and Freedom House produced a fact sheet to explain how Global Magnitsky sanctions have helped protect international religious freedom – because the Trump administration's...
Factsheet | March 22, 2022
Human Rights First and Freedom House produced this fact sheet to explain how the “serious human rights abuse” standard has allowed the Global Magnitsky sanctions program to be an effective but...
Talking Points | March 01, 2022
What are sanctions, and why are they being used or proposed in this crisis?  The word “sanctions” broadly describes a range of coercive measures usually aimed at changing behavior, either by...