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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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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...
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...
July 14, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First said that today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate two of the three counts of the conviction against Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul...
June 19, 2014
Washington, D.C. - As the House of Representatives and Senate prepare to consider amendments to appropriations measures that would add more stringent restrictions or ban entirely the transfer of...
June 17, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes reports that Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will be arraigned in a...
June 11, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Today, as the House Armed Services Committee questions Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel regarding the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First has released a...

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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....