Countering threats to human rights

Authoritarianism

Human Rights First

What's Happening

Autocratic leaders are increasingly gaining power—and weakening human rights—around the world.

What We're Doing

To counter this trend, we’re using our expertise and influence in government to uncover abuses, hold institutions accountable, and make sure people across continents and circumstances can live without fear of oppression.

Current Efforts

Challenge bad actors

Targeted sanction protocols like the United States' Global Magnitsky sanctions and programs of other nations confront abusers of human rights and corrupt actors.