Statement on Liu Xiabo

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today mourned the death of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese patriot, poet, steadfast human rights defender, and winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Liu is the first Nobel laureate to die in detention since 1938. 

“The world has lost a great champion for human dignity and universal values,” said Human Rights First’s Rob Berschinski. “Liu Xiaobo’s courage and vision for a better future for the people of China will serve as an inspiration, both in China and around the world for generations to come.”

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Bannon Removal from National Security Council a Victory for American Ideals

New York City—Human Rights First today welcomed reports that Stephen Bannon, chief strategist to President Trump, has been removed from the National Security Council. Prior to his White House appointment, Bannon served as the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a website that has promoted racist, antisemitic, and white-nationalist ideologies.   

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DHS Memorandum Would Undermine Access to Asylum, Impose Arbitrary Detention

New York City—Human Rights First expressed its opposition to proposals included in a draft Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum outlining potential steps to implement President Trump’s executive order relating to the border and asylum that would block access to asylum and hold asylum seekers in immigration detention for extended periods of time.

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