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The U.S. Government’s Middle East Policies Should Prioritize Human Rights

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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...
February 26, 2021 WASHINGTON – The Project on Middle East Democracy, Human Rights First, PEN America, and the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following joint statement in response to the U.S. government...
January 12, 2021 The Arab Spring uprisings began ten years ago, taking the U.S. government and most of the rest of the world by surprise. The Obama administration’s response was inconsistent at best, as it sought to...
March 28, 2020 Four Reasons Middle East Governments Should Release Prisoners  Brian Dooley Senior Advisor The clamor to release elderly, sick, and political prisoners is growing. Dozens of NGOs and...
October 11, 2019 Saudi Arabia is again showing Washington what a great ally it is by hosting Russian President Vladimir Putin on a visit to Riyadh in the coming days. The U.S. government’s years of plying Saudi...
July 22, 2019 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today, in partnership with nearly 180 human rights, faith-based, civil liberties, professional, academic, and social justice organizations,...
July 12, 2019 New York City—In response to the House of Representatives passing the defense bill (National Defense Authorization Act for the 2020 Fiscal Year, or “NDAA”), Human Rights First’s Sharon Kelly McBride...

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Letter | May 10, 2021
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Letter | July 22, 2019
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Factsheet | July 10, 2019
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Letter | July 02, 2019
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