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Oct. 24, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF Urges Democratic Countries not to Elect Dictatorships to UN Human Rights Council


NEW YORK (October 25, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) urges democratic governments at the U.N. General Assembly not to vote for authoritarian regimes in the upcoming election of the 2017-2019 members of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Governments seeking election to the U.N.’s top human rights body this year include China, Cuba, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Russia, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia. Earlier this month, HRF and UN Watch hosted a series of events at the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa and at the U.N. Headquarters in New York denouncing the bids placed this year by authoritarian states to sit on the council.

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.

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