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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...
April 05, 2021 WASHINGTON -- Albert Ho, recipient of Human Rights First’s 2020 Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty, and six other advocates were convicted April 1 for involvement in a 2019 pro-democracy march in Hong...
March 23, 2021 As human rights defenders go, so goes the world. They’re the leading agents of progress; their own freedom predicts a wider freedom. This fact isn’t lost on dictators and other repressive forces,...
February 11, 2021 The first human rights defender to win the prestigious Martin Ennals Award, in 1994, was Harry Wu from China. This year's winner, announced tonight in Geneva, is also from China: Yu Wensheng....
February 02, 2021 Human Rights First's Senior Advisor for Human Rights Accountability Vladimir Kara-Murza released the following statement in response to the Russian government’s sentencing of anti-corruption...
January 18, 2021 GENEVA – Human Rights First and the other members of the jury for the 2021 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders today announced the nomination of three outstanding human rights...

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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...