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January 20, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed remarks made by President Obama during his State of the Union address that emphasized his continued commitment to closing the detention facility...
January 15, 2015
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First welcomes the transfer of five cleared Guantanamo detainees out of the detention facility, bringing the prison's population down to 122.  While the...
January 13, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First said today that a proposed bill restricting the transfer of Guantanamo detainees out of the prison would be a major step backward for the United States and...
January 09, 2015
New York City - On Friday, a U.S. federal judge in New York City sentenced Sheikh Abu Hamza al Masri to life in prison following his conviction on charges arising from the deadly 1998...
December 23, 2014
Washington, D.C. - Human Rights First today calls on the Obama Administration to redouble its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in the wake of Special Envoy Cliff Sloan's...
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 09, 2014
Washington, DC – Today and tomorrow, Human Rights First convenes its third annual Human Rights Summit, bringing together human rights defenders, U.S. policymakers, military leaders, and business...

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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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Opinions | January 21, 2015
This is an excerpt from The Hill. With the midterms behind him, President Obama can spend his final two years in office devoting his full attention to priorities that will define his legacy. While...
Factsheet | January 20, 2015
Download What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. The order...
Factsheet | January 14, 2015
Download The risk of transferring detainees is managed responsibly: over 90 percent of detainees transferred under the Obama Administration are not even suspected of engaging in any...
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...