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June 22, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports this morning of the use of torture in secret detention facilities in Yemen operated by Yemeni and United Arab Emirates forces, and potential U.S....
June 08, 2017 If those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, what happens to those who willfully ignore history and make every attempt to cover it up?  Last Friday, reports...
June 05, 2017 Top Items Trump Administration Asks the Supreme Court to Reinstate Refugee Ban On Thursday the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals'...
June 02, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today expressed alarm over reports that the Trump Administration has begun to return copies of the Senate intelligence committee’s report...
March 23, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino will urge senators to review the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee for...
March 20, 2017 Top Items Neil Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings Confirmation hearings begin today in the Senate for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin...
February 28, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised comments made by Senator Dan Coats, nominee for director of national intelligence, in which he acknowledged the illegality of torture. Senator...

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Factsheet | May 24, 2018
On May 17, 2018, the Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA. She was confirmed by a vote of 54-45—the lowest number of affirmative votes for any CIA director in history. Haspel...
Letter | May 08, 2018
Download Dear Senator: Even in times of crisis, the United States prides itself on remaining committed to American values and universal ideals. This means that our leaders and government...
Letter | April 23, 2018
Dear Senator: As retired general and flag officers of the United States military, we write to express our profound concern about the nomination of Gina Haspel to be Director of the Central...
Letter | March 16, 2018
Dear Senator,  We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of Gina Haspel for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and to ask that you not advance her...