• HRF Mourns Harry Wu, Champion for Human Rights in China and Founding Member of HRF International Council

    HRF Mourns Harry Wu, Champion for Human Rights in China and Founding Member of HRF International Council

    HRF mourns the passing of Harry Wu, the Chinese author and dissident who survived and exposed the Chinese dictatorship’s “laogai” system of concentration camps. Wu died yesterday at the age of 79, while traveling in Honduras. He was a founding member of HRF’s International Council.
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  • Venezuela: HRF Condemns Prison Sentence Against Journalist Who Denounced Corruption

    Venezuela: HRF Condemns Prison Sentence Against Journalist Who Denounced Corruption

    Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the conviction handed down by a Venezuelan court against journalist David Natera Febres, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Correo del Caroní. Natera Febres was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $20,000 for reporting on a corruption case linked to the state-owned company CVG Ferrominera Orinoco and to Venezuela’s Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence. Natera Febres was indicted criminally on “libel” and “insult” charges.
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  • HRF to the Gambia: Investigate Extrajudicial Executions of Political Opponents

    HRF to the Gambia: Investigate Extrajudicial Executions of Political Opponents

    “The international community must exert pressure on the Gambia’s authoritarian regime and demand a thorough investigation of the extrajudicial executions of political opponents. Jammeh’s regime needs to stop its brutal crackdown on civil society and immediately release all political prisoners,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF.
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  • HRF to Cuba: Stop Harassing Dissident Doctor

    HRF to Cuba: Stop Harassing Dissident Doctor

    “In 2012, Cuba began to allow some dissidents to travel abroad, but this new rule seldom applies to medical doctors who disagree with the government. Journalists, dissidents, and activists like Herrera often find themselves helpless when the authorities, targeting them for their work, prevent them from leaving the country. Doctor Herrera is clearly being targeted for his role in condemning the farce of Cuba’s ‘significant achievements’ in areas like health care,” said HRF president Thor Halvorssen.
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  • Venezuela: HRF Condemns Large-scale, Illegal Wiretapping of Political Opposition

    Venezuela: HRF Condemns Large-scale, Illegal Wiretapping of Political Opposition

    “This new exposé comes as no surprise from a regime that decades ago merged its intelligence services with that of Cuba — the Western Hemisphere’s only totalitarian country — which set up its repressive intelligence apparatus with help from the Stasi,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of HRF.
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Apr. 21, 2016 | Press Releases

Venezuela: HRF Condemns Prison Sentence Against Journalist Who Denounced Corruption

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NEW YORK (April 21, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the conviction handed down by a Venezuelan court against journalist David Natera Febres, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Correo del Caroní. Natera Febres was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $20,000 for reporting on a corruption case linked to the state-owned company CVG Ferrominera Orinoco and to Venezuela’s Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence. Natera Febres was indicted criminally on “libel” and “insult” charges by a businessman involved in the corruption case who served two years in jail and was released in 2015. 

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Apr. 20, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to the Gambia: Investigate Extrajudicial Executions of Political Opponents

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NEW YORK (April 20, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns President Yahya Jammeh’s government’s ongoing crackdown on members of the democratic opposition. Last week, Gambian armed forces forcefully dissolved a peaceful demonstration calling for electoral reforms and arbitrarily arrested 25 activists. The demonstration was organized by a youth group associated with the United Democratic Party (UDP), one of the few democratic political organizations allowed to operate in the Gambia. According to news reports, three of the UDP members arrested were beaten, tortured, and killed while in custody. Additionally, this past weekend, UDP’s entire executive leadership was arrested while conducting peaceful demonstrations demanding an official explanation for the deaths of its fellow party members and the fate of its remaining activists in custody.

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