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March 30, 2015
Top News Americans Support Refugee Protection This morning, Politico’s "Morning Score" featured a Human Rights First poll that reveals American voters favor candidates who support reforms that...
March 27, 2015
The Netherlands is reportedly considering a request from the United States to take in two Guantanamo Bay detainees. They would be the first people transferred from Guantanamo since January 14th, when...
March 23, 2015
Top News GUANTANAMO Retired Marine Corps Major General Vaughn Ary has stepped down from his post overseeing the military commissions at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His...
March 19, 2015
This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post. Asked by a Seventh Grade student from the Citizens Leadership Academy in Cleveland yesterday what advice he would give himself if he could go...
March 19, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First is calling yesterday’s decision by the Periodic Review Board to clear for transfer Guantanamo detainee Saeed al-Sarim a step in the right direction to...
March 17, 2015
As we’ve written before, completing the Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearings for Guantanamo detainees is essential for closing the prison. The reviews determine whether detainees pose a continuing...
March 16, 2015
Not too long ago I spent a week in Guantanamo Bay as an observer for Human Rights First. I attended a military commission hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000...

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May 5, 2014

A year later, there are calls to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, as well as calls to extend its reach to Benghazi, Boko Haram, and beyond. While there has been a quickening pace in detainee transfers out of Guantanamo, the military commission proceedings continue to spark legal challenges and progress at a painfully slow pace. There also remains controversy over the lack of transparency and apparent mistakes in the United States' targeted killing programs.

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Letter | February 11, 2015
February 5, 2015 Representative Vicky Hartzler United States House of Representatives 2235 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Representative Jackie...
Letter | February 11, 2015
February 10, 2015 Dear Senator, I am a member of a coalition of more than 50 retired general and admirals of the United States Armed Forces who have consistently worked to find a way to...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Issue Brief | February 04, 2015
The prison at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds 122 detainees, is vastly more expensive to operate than the equivalent federal prisons. Indeed, it’s come to be called “the most expensive prison on...