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Statement before Tom Lantos Commission: “Say Their Names”

On November 1, 2022, Human Rights First Senior Advisor Brian Dooley addressed the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the issue of Bahrain's 2022 elections. This is his written statement.…


Bahrain’s Fake Human Rights Conference Another PR Disaster

By Brian Dooley This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: The Bahrain government is hosting a human rights conference tomorrow. Yes, really. It’s a bit like Lance Armstrong holding a summit…


Bahrain Economy Struggles with Oil Price

By Leah Schulz Last week the Bahraini cabinet announced it was raising the country’s price of gasoline for the first time in 33 years. The price of regular gasoline rose…


Hope and Backlash on LGBT Human Rights in the Dominican Republic

A gay couple arrested arbitrarily by police, a transgender man unable to get a job because of transphobia, and thirty-three transgender women killed since 2006 in possible hate-motivated murders. These…


Five Years On, Egypt’s Uprising Flagged at Tahrir

By Brian Dooley This blog is cross posted from The Huffington Post: Clinging listlessly to the top of the pole in the middle of Tahrir Square the Egyptian flag projects absolute power,…


How the Obama Administration Could Tackle Drivers of Violent Extremism in Africa

In the State of the Union address, President Obama scarcely mentioned Africa, apart from raising the concern that “instability” could create “safe havens for new terrorist networks” and briefly arguing,…


FDR’s “Four Freedoms” 75 Years Ago and Today

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his now-famous speech on four freedoms essential to democracy and human rights: Freedom of speech Freedom of religion Freedom from want…


How to Navigate Egypt’s Enduring Human Rights Crisis

On the fifth anniversary of the mass Tahrir Square protests that ousted former President Mubarak, Egyptians are suffering severe repression and political instability. As this crisis deepens, Washington continues to…


Human Rights First Calls for Nominations for 27th Annual Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award

Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today announced that nominations are now open for the 2016 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award.  The 2016 award will go to an…


Five Years After Tahrir Square, Blueprint Outlines Recommendations to Support Stability in Egypt

Washington, D.C. – On the fifth anniversary of the mass Tahrir Square protests calling for democratic reform in Egypt, Human Rights First today released a new blueprint that examines conditions in Egypt,…


Biden Urged to Raise Concerns Over Refugee and Civil Society Protection While in Turkey

New York City – As Vice President Biden visits Turkey, Human Rights First today calls on him to praise Turkey for providing safety to more than 2.2 million vulnerable Syrian refugees and…