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January 23, 2017 Last Thursday on WBEZ Chicago’s Worldview, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino joined the program to discuss President Obama’s legacy on human rights. Broaching topics such...
January 23, 2017 Top Items New Administration Today is the first full business day of the Trump Administration. The new president has promised to swiftly fulfill some of his campaign promises, including actions...
January 17, 2017 TOP ITEMS Inauguration On Friday President-elect Donald Trump will officially take the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States. He will begin his term at a time when...
January 12, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised statements made by cabinet nominees during confirmation hearings this week rejecting the use of torture, and reiterates its call for President-elect...
January 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Following yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), nominee for Attorney General, Human Rights First said that it will hold...
January 10, 2017 In 2005, then-U.S. Army Captain Ian Fishback wrote a letter to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), expressing his concern over the detainee abuse he and troops under his command had witnessed in Iraq and...
January 09, 2017 Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today urged the Senate to question cabinet nominees on their commitment to fundamental principles of human rights during confirmation hearings taking place this...

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Issue Brief | January 04, 2019
Introduction As the armed conflict with various organized terrorist groups stretches into its sixteenth year, the United States continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured...
Letter | November 30, 2018
  Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to share our serious...
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...

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