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January 27, 2022 By Brian Dooley This Sunday, at 4pm Irish time, people all over the world will put lighted candles in their windows to mark the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Derry. They will be...
January 13, 2022 By Brian Dooley Back in 2017, Human Rights First issued a report on the vilification of human rights lawyers in Northern Ireland.  We noted how the phenomenon hadn’t just...
January 13, 2022 By Brian Dooley Ten years ago, I testified in the US Congress for Human Rights First on why the US government should issue guidelines to its embassies on engaging with human rights...
December 27, 2021 WASHINGTON – As the world mourns the passing of human rights icon and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Human Rights First memorialized Tutu’s legacy of advocacy around human rights...
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...

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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...
Letter | January 31, 2022
Dear Ambassador Rice and Mr. Sullivan: We, the undersigned organizations, write to engage with the Biden Administration during this Year of Action following the Summit for Democracy to support...