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Close Guantanamo

Rather than keeping us safer, the prison at Guantanamo weakens American national security.

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January 17, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of ten Guantanamo detainees to Oman this weekend, and encourages the Obama Administration to continue to transfer the remaining nine...
January 11, 2017 Fifteen years ago today, the first detainees in the “War on Terror” arrived at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Five months’ prior, the United States had suffered an unprecedented...
January 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Fifteen years ago today, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba received its first twenty prisoners in the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11. As President Obama prepares...
January 05, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of four Yemeni Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, and encourages President Obama to continue to transfer the remaining cleared...
December 24, 2016   My first night in Guantanamo ends with me staring at rows of beige Quonset huts and a gorgeous sunset behind a row of low mountain peaks to the west. It's almost 80 degrees at nine pm, and...
December 16, 2016 By Elizabeth Topolosky Yesterday the Periodic Review Board (PRB) conducted its final hearing of 2016, likely the last of the Obama Administration. The hearings, which review the...

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Factsheet | January 17, 2017
The House and the Senate passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2017 (FY17 NDAA). Both bills retain and add to unwise and unnecessary provisions that...
Factsheet | January 17, 2017
The Basics Detainees: The first detainees arrived at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on January 11, 2002. Since it opened, 780 detainees have been held there. The Bush Administration...
Factsheet | January 17, 2017
The Department of Defense has released its plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Currently, 45 detainees remain at the prison, which national security experts agree...
Issue Brief | January 17, 2017
The prison at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds 45 detainees, is vastly more expensive to operate than the equivalent federal prisons. Indeed, it’s come to be called “the most expensive prison on...