Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington D.C. Human Rights First believes that building respect for human rights and the rule of law will help ensure the dignity to which every individual is entitled and will stem tyranny, extremism, intolerance, and violence.

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Monday, August 14, 2017
Trump Urged to Condemn Hateful Ideology, Violence of White Supremacists
Human Rights First strongly condemns the hateful gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and urges President Trump to speak out clearly and forcefully against the dangerous extremist ideology of racism and discrimination perpetuated by members of the so-called "alt-right." The...
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Friday, July 13, 2012
D.C. Circuit Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Detainee Habeas Case
On Monday, the D.C. Circuit Court will hear oral arguments in a landmark case seeking to establish the right of detainees held indefinitely without trial by the United States in Afghanistan to challenge their detention in a United States federal court. Human Rights First submitted an expert statement verifying the lack of due process and argues that the court should confirm that detainees held in indefinite detention by the U.S. government are entitled to a meaningful opportunity to challenge their detention under the law.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Bahrain Medics Punished for Treating Injured
The court verdicts announced today in the case of 20 Bahrain medics prosecuted for treating injured protestors expose the truth behind the Bahrain regime’s false claims of reform. Eleven of the 20 had their guilty verdicts confirmed, while nine – including five of the six women originally charged – were declared innocent. New jail sentences ranged from one month to five years. Dr. Ali Al Ekri was sentenced to five years in prison.
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Monday, June 11, 2012
Upcoming Medics Appeal Verdict Will Test Bahrain’s Commitment to Human Rights Reform
Human Rights First today said that this coming Thursday’s verdict in the appeal of 20 medics sentenced to long prison terms by the Bahrain military court for treating protestors injured in last year’s uprising is a telling moment in testing the Bahrain authorities’ commitment to true human rights reform.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Google Attack Warnings Improve User Protections
Human Rights First today called Google’s new policy to warn Gmail users when a government or its proxies are trying to break into an email account a welcome step in the ongoing effort to increase communication between online companies and customers.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Massimino Questions Legality of Obama’s Targeted Killing Strategy
In response to a New York Times report detailing the Obama administration’s targeted killing strategy, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino asked President Obama to make clear that the United States will not target individuals solely on the basis of their membership in or association with particular groups, as a first step in re-evaluating the U.S. legal position.
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Friday, May 18, 2012
House Defeats Amendment to Realign Counterterrorism Policy with American Values
This morning, the House of Representatives failed to pass the Smith-Amash amendment to the 2013 Fiscal Year’s defense authorization bill, a measure that would have modified controversial provisions of the 2012 Fiscal Year’s defense authorization act to ban indefinite detention in the United States and repeal mandatory military custody for foreign terrorism suspects. Human Rights First said the vote was a missed opportunity for the House to realign counterterrorism policy with American values.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
New PREA Regulations Should Apply to Immigration Detainees
Human Rights First welcomes today’s release from the U.S. Department of Justice of a final rule to govern standards that protect prisoners from sexual abuse. The new standards are required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, passed by Congress in 2003 to “prevent, detect, respond to and monitor sexual abuse of incarcerated or detained individuals throughout the United States.” DOJ’s final rule does not apply to immigrants held by the Department of Homeland Security, though it does clearly state that PREA applies to all federal confinement facilities.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Retired Admirals and Generals Urge Support for Smith-Amash Amendment to Defense Authorization
Twenty-seven of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals urged Members of Congress to support the Smith-Amash Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The measure would amend the controversial detention provisions in last year’s defense authorization law to ban indefinite detention in the United States and repeal mandatory military custody of terrorism suspects.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Dempsey Urged to Investigate Controversial Training Materials
Human Rights First called on Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to address concerns about the distribution of anti-Muslim materials for U.S.
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