Comprehensive Sanction Package is Decisive Action Against Russian Abuses

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded bipartisan efforts in the Senate to provide congressional oversight over executive branch sanctions authority—including any efforts to reduce current sanctions—against Russia for its aggressive activities in Ukraine, military actions in Syria, and interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The proposal also includes targeted sanctions against individuals engaged in corrupt activities and/or human rights abuses.

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Hungarian NGO Law Cracks Down on Civil Society and Inches Closer to Authoritarianism

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today condemned the Hungarian parliament’s passage of a law that will stigmatize and severely restrict the ability of nongovernmental organizations to operate. Passed under the pretense of increasing transparency and combating the funding of terrorism, the new law is widely seen as another step in Prime Minister Orban’s self-declared effort to erode the rule of law and silence critics of the Hungarian government.

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Senators Brown, Casey Introduce Bill to Designate Human Trafficking Coordinators

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed the introduction of a bill to require the Attorney General to designate Human Trafficking Coordinators for Federal judicial districts in the Senate. The bill, introduced by Senators Brown (D-OH) and Casey (D-PA), strengthens the U.S. government’s approach to combating trafficking by designating a human trafficking prosecutor in every judicial district across the United States.

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Trump Administration and Congress Urged to Protect Academic Freedom and Oppose Hungary’s Attempt to Close U.S.-Accredited Central European University

Washington, D.C.—Following its hosting of a delegation of administrators and students from Central European University (CEU), Human Rights First today urged the Trump Administration and Congress to protect academic freedom and oppose the government of Hungary’s attempt to shutter the university. 

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Bipartisan Legislation an Important Step to Fight Antisemitism in Europe

Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First praised the House of Representatives, and in particular the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, for unanimously passing the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 on Thursday. The bill is a significant bipartisan effort to address the serious and dangerous problem of antisemitism in Europe.

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