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Oct. 18, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Host U.S. Launch of Sages Group on North Korean Human Rights on 10/27 in NYC


NEW YORK (October 18, 2016) — Next Thursday October 27 Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty will co-host a dialogue in New York City for the U.S. launch of the Sages Group on North Korean Human Rights. For information about time and place or to register to attend, please contact Noemi Gonzalo-Bilbao at (212) 246-8486 or

Oct. 12, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Burundi: Let Independent UN Experts Do Their Jobs


NEW YORK (October 12, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) strongly condemns the decision taken by the Burundian government to ban three UN independent experts from entering the country. According to a letter sent by Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Aimé Nyamitwe, the three members of the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi (UNIIB) — Christof Heyns, Maya Sahli-Fadel, and Pablo de Greiff — are no longer welcome in the country. The decision comes weeks after the group of experts published a detailed report exposing “gross, widespread, and systemic human rights violations” perpetrated by the government of Pierre Nkurunziza against its opponents. Burundi has suffered 18 months of continuous unrest since Nkurunziza announced he would pursue a third term in office.

Oct. 11, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Kazakhstan: Pardon Opposition Leader Vladimir Kozlov


NEW YORK (October 11, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) renews its call on the government of Kazakhstan to ensure the unrestricted freedom of opposition leader Vladimir Kozlov, following his recent conditional release after serving nearly five years in prison. HRF calls on President Nursultan Nazarbayev to grant Kozlov a presidential pardon exempting him from any criminal liability and offering full reparation for his wrongful prosecution and imprisonment. Kozlov was the leader of the opposition party Alga! (“Forward”) at the time of his arbitrary detention in January 2012. His arrest took place shortly after briefing members of the European Parliament on the regime’s failure to investigate the deaths, torture, and ill-treatment suffered by state oil workers following a December 2011 strike in the town of Zhanaozen. 

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