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Organized foreign terrorist groups and their supporters continue to present a threat to the United States and the US Government continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured terrorism suspects consistent with American values and the rule of law.

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Authoritarianism

Egypt’s Targeting Of Human Rights Defenders Is No Way to Fight Terrorism

WASHINGTON -- Sentencing human rights defenders (HRDs) to long terms in prison is no way to confront terrorism, Human Rights First said today in response to the conviction of leading…

Press

An Insider View: January 6th Coup Attempt Demonstrated the Need for Proactive Human Rights Tools and DHS Leadership

A year ago the United States experienced the most existential threat to its imperfect democracy since the Civil War. The attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th reached…

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PROSECUTING TERRORISM

Federal trials protect human rights—and the United States. Military commissions at Gitmo, now in their third incarnation, are a failed experiment. Structurally shoddy and constitutionally dubious, they have produced few…

Statements

Human Rights First Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON -- Human Rights First’s President and CEO Mike Breen, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, with the following statement. “Two decades after…

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Authoritarianism

20 Years After 9/11: Rights-Based Policies for a New Era

Testimony

How to Delete Your Digital History

This short guide helps human rights activists erase their digital footprints. When covering digital tracks and erasing your digital profile remember there are various ways the authorities can try to…

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Authoritarianism

Coalition Letter in Support of D.C. National Guard Home Rule Act

The undersigned organizations, from across the political spectrum and focusing on a wide range of issues, write to urge you to support S. 130/H.R. 657, the District of Columbia National…

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Human Rights First Decries Lack of Accountability in Bill for Capitol Insurrection Commission

WASHINGTON — Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation to create a bipartisan, independent, 9/11-style commission to examine the events surrounding the Capitol insurrection on January 6th. While we are encouraged…

Press

Human Rights First Demands Justice For The Assault On the Capitol

Washington – Human Rights First today urges immediate action to bring those responsible for the assault on our nation’s Capitol to justice. “In a country where the rule of law…

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Authoritarianism

The Biden Administration Can and Must Help Save Abdulrahman al-Sadhan

The sentencing of a political dissident in Saudi Arabia has presented a major test for a U.S. administration promising to put “human rights at the center of foreign policy.” 37-year-old…

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