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February 18, 2015
Top News White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism This week, the White House will a host a three-day “Countering Violent Extremism” summit to address “domestic and international efforts...
February 12, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and looks forward to working with him to advance U.S. national security policies that protect and...
February 12, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First is urging members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject legislation during today’s markup that would include a blanket ban on transferring detainees...
February 10, 2015
Yesterday Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First President and CEO, spoke to the American Bar Association (ABA) during its midyear meeting. She laid out the case for American leadership on human rights...
February 09, 2015
Top News GUANTANAMO This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees will both take up the issue of closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and proposed restrictions to...
February 06, 2015
By G. Weber On Wednesday the Periodic Review Board (PRB), a multi-agency review established by President Obama to determine whether Gitmo prisoners pose a threat to the United States or should be...
February 06, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today said that the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy rightly reinforces the United States’ commitment to policies that promote the protection of human...

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Factsheet | July 06, 2015
Representatives from the House and Senate are currently in conference, negotiating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2016. The NDAA bills from both houses contain...
Letter | May 20, 2015
May 13, 2015 Dear Representative, I am a member of a coalition of more than 60 retired general and admirals of the United States Armed Forces who have consistently worked to find a way to...
Issue Brief | May 13, 2015
National security experts and U.S. officials have long stated that the Guantanamo Bay detention center acts as a powerful propaganda symbol in terrorist groups’ recruiting materials. According to...
Factsheet | April 23, 2015
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN) recently introduced proposed legislation that would effectively ban all transfers out of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility for two years. Rep. Walorski’s...