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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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December 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes the announcement that four cleared Guantanamo detainees will be repatriated to Afghanistan, bringing the prison’s population down to 132....
December 07, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today welcomed the transfer of six cleared Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay, bringing the prison's population down to 136.  The transfer...
December 05, 2014
Washington, D.C. –President Obama today nominated Ashton Carter to serve as secretary of defense. Human Rights First urges Carter to prioritize closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay...
December 02, 2014
Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that President Obama has selected Ashton Carter as his nominee for Secretary of Defense, Human Rights First urges the new secretary to prioritize closing the...
November 25, 2014
Washington, D.C.– As President Obama chooses a nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Human Rights First urges him to select a candidate who can oversee the completion of...
November 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes the transfer of five cleared Guantanamo detainees to Europe, bringing the prison’s population down to 143.  The transfer constitutes significant...
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...

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Blueprint | December 16, 2014
As President Obama said in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University, Guantanamo “has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law.” The detention facility...
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...