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Close Guantanamo

This shameful site and symbol of detainee abuse can be closed; what’s missing is political will.

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October 17, 2014
This is a cross-post from the Huffington Post I really hope family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks weren't planning on attending the hearings scheduled at Guantanamo Bay this week. It's bad...
October 14, 2014
Top News KERRY TO CAIRO Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo today to participate in an international conference of 50 nations pledging $5 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip. He met with...
September 26, 2014
In a post this week responding to Jessica Schulberg’s piece about the financial costs of Guantanamo, Ben Wittes at Lawfare wrote that bringing Gitmo detainees into the United States “would require...
September 23, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First today said that the trial  of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, underscores that justice in terrorism cases is best served in...
August 13, 2014
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. After unexpectedly deciding to split the 9/11 case into two trials last month, a military commission judge reversed himself and decided on...
August 11, 2014
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. As the United States considers engaging in yet another war, with the start of air strikes Friday in Iraq, let's not forget we're still stuck with the...
July 25, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First is calling today's decision by the Periodic Review Board to clear for transfer Guantanamo detainee Fawzi al-Odah a step in the right direction with regard...

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Factsheet | September 12, 2014
Myth: Terrorists have traditionally been tried in military commissions. Fact: Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted nearly 500 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11....
Factsheet | June 18, 2014
  Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted nearly 500 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11.   Military commissions have convicted only seven.  ...
Opinions | February 05, 2014
By C. Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First This week marks five years since President Obama's executive order to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Signed on his second day in office, the...
Letter | January 21, 2014
Thirty-one of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals on January 21, 2014 sent a letter to President Obama urging him to make good on his executive order to close the U.S....