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November 17, 2008
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President-elect Obama spoke about ending torture and closing Guantanamo on 60 Minutes last night:"I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have...
November 17, 2008
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Washington, DC - Since the killings of 17 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater security contractors in Baghdad's Nisoor Square last year, lack of accountability of contractors has been a central issue in...
November 17, 2008
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Washington, DC - Human Rights First and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights have urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to immediately address a number of serious...
November 13, 2008
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In his long piece “After the Imperial Presidency” in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Jonathan Mahler discusses the assertion and expansion of presidential power under George W. Bush, the role...
November 13, 2008
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Although we noted yesterday that Obama’s team has denied any intention to establish some form of preventive detention, my colleague Sharon Kelly has further strong arguments against such a move in...
November 12, 2008
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The good news is in the headline of this Washington Post story, Guantanamo Closure Called Obama Priority. According to Obama advisers speaking anonymously, the Obama Administration will launch an...
November 10, 2008
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NEW YORK - Tad Stahnke, Director of Human Rights First's Fighting Discrimination Program and co-author of the group's recent 2008 Hate Crimes Survey, released the following statement...
November 10, 2008
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New York, NY - Elisa Massimino, Executive Director of Human Rights First, responded to reports today that President-elect Obama has begun to craft plans to close the Guantanamo prison: "By announcing...
November 07, 2008
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What a difference a few days makes! The CIA lawyer whose defense of the illegal CIA interrogation program cost a promotion all of a sudden reverses course and says addressing detainee treatment must...
November 06, 2008
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With the celebratory cheers brought on by the decisive election of Barack Obama on Tuesday night fading, we are turning our sights on the transition to his inauguration, and the steps necessary to...

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