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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...
April 23, 2021 It's good to see the White House voicing support for human rights defenders in Egypt, and good to see that Secretary of State Tony Blinken had an online discussion with Egyptian human rights defender...
April 16, 2021 NEW YORK -- Today, recipient of Human Rights First’s 2020 Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty and Hong Kong pro-democracy advocate Albert Ho was given a suspended sentence of 12 months in prison for his...
April 14, 2021 When asked to describe the Hong Kong protests, I always mention the tear gas, which, along with thousands of other people, I had the misfortune of choking on. The amount used by Hong Kong police was...

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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...