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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...
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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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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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...
Testimony | September 22, 2014
Keynote Address to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw, Poland by Elisa Massimino, President and CEO, Human Rights First. Dated September 22, 2014. Good...
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....
Testimony | May 20, 2014
Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations May 21, 2014 Download SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Human Rights First welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s attention to the...