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.
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.
Monday, June 12, 2017 – 9:55amThe Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 Would Reenergize the Fight Against Modern SlaveryMeggie WeilerOn Wednesday, Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Senators Grassley (R-IA), Feinstein (D-CA), intr…Read more
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed that the introduction of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017 bill in the Senate.
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed the proposal from Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that is tailored to current conflicts, repeals the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs, and includes meaningful reporting requirements and a five-year sunset.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 1:16pmA Crackdown on Immigration Puts Trafficking Victims in More DangerMeggie WeilerIn February, President Trump signed the Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to TransnationRead more
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – 3:30pmBorder Reporting Gaining TractionNatasha ArnpriesterRead more
Three Fallacies in Trump’s Riyadh Speech
President Trump’s speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh on May 21 was rich in generalities and open to broad interpretation. For example, the president promised to advance “security through stabili