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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. 

Oct. 10, 2016 | Press Releases

Join HRF and Flash Drives For Freedom at PubCon

Region: North America

LAS VEGAS (October 10, 2016) — This week the work of Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is being featured at PubCon, one of the world’s top social media and and online marketing conferences. Event organizers have donated space to HRF in the heart of their main expo hall to help us recruit new media experts to the human rights movement.

Oct. 6, 2016 | Press Releases

HRF to Thailand: Overturn Guilty Verdict of British Activist


NEW YORK (October 6, 2016) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the guilty verdict against British labor activist Andy Hall and calls on the Thailand Appeals Court to overturn the verdict on appeal. On September 20, Mr. Hall was convicted on charges of criminal defamation and sentenced to three years in prison, with a two-year suspended sentence. The charges were in connection with his contribution to a 2013 Finnwatch report that highlighted various violations of migrant workers’ rights committed by Natural Fruit, a large wholesaler in Thailand. Mr. Hall, a migration expert from Mahidol University, led a field research team for Finnwatch. The Finnwatch report exposed dangerous working conditions and discrimination of migrant workers at Natural Fruit, among other violations. Mr. Hall intends to appeal the guilty verdict.