Accountability

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What's Going On

Far too often, the powerful individuals and institutions responsible for abuse and corruption in a given country face little or no consequence for their actions. Civil society can advocate to change that.

Where It's Happening

Human rights abuse and corruption take place in every region of the world, and a growing number of countries use targeted sanctions to promote accountability for the perpetrators.

What We're Doing

Human Rights First is working with civil society partners from around the world to promote accountability for serious human rights abuses and corruption.

Join the Work

Join our civil society coalition, which promotes accountability by advocating for specific perpetrators of abuse or corruption to face targeted sanctions under authorities like the U.S. Global Magnitsky program.

Accountability

Authoritarianism

Biden to Visit Saudi: Recalibration of the Relationship or Rehabilitation of MBS?

True to its word, the Biden White House is recalibrating its relationship with Saudi Arabia. Just not in the way we’d hoped. Press reports suggest Biden will visit the kingdom…

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Authoritarianism

On Bloody Sunday’s 50th Anniversary: Frustration at New British Proposal to Hide the Truth

This Sunday, at 4pm Irish time, people all over the world will put lighted candles in their windows to mark the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Derry. They…

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Authoritarianism

U.S. Lifting Burundi Sanctions; Rights Groups Call for Accountability

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Human Rights First and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights expressed concern regarding the Biden Administration’s November 18 decision to terminate the targeted U.S. sanctions program focused on…

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Authoritarianism

Blinken’s Decision Imminent on Funding an Egyptian Government that Enables Terrorism

A few months ago, when the Biden administration was talking about “putting human rights at the center of foreign policy,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken met online with a group…

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Authoritarianism

Time for Biden to Call for Prisoner Releases in Bahrain as Medical Neglect Continues

Abduljalil Al Singace is one of the Bahraini activists tortured in 2011 and given a life sentence in prison for his peaceful dissent against the kingdom's dictatorship. Human Rights First…

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Authoritarianism

The F1 Grand Prix: A Chance to Spotlight Bahrain’s Abysmal Record on Rights

The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain will make global headlines this weekend as it hosts the prestigious Formula 1 Grand Prix auto race. Access to Bahrain for international journalists is…

Letter

Authoritarianism

For the Biden Administration, 10 Lessons from 10 Years of U.S. Mideast Policy

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,…

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Authoritarianism

Human Rights First Welcomes Release of Nabeel Rajab From Prison

WASHINGTON - Today's release from prison of Bahrain human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is a major, welcome move by the government there. Read More

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Authoritarianism

Bahrain Stages Fake Elections For Poodle Parliament

We know from Roman historian Suetonius that Julius Caesar’s reforms included a political system where half the magistrates were popularly elected and half were appointed. Such a system has served…

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Authoritarianism

Administration Urged to Condemn Attacks on Protesters in Bahrain

Washington, D.C. — Human Rights First today called on the Trump Administration to condemn the actions of Bahraini security forces who reportedly attacked peaceful protesters in the village of Duraz.…

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Authoritarianism

Trump Prepares Dangerous Sale of F-16s to Bahrain

News that the White House will approve the sale of military jets to Bahrain without any human rights restrictions is as depressing as it is predictable. The $3 billion deal…

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