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December 19, 2014
It sounds like a scene from a spy thriller: two defense attorneys waiting to meet with their client suspect that the CIA is spying on them. They stand on their chairs, examine the smoke detector on...
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 24, 2014
Top News Defense Secretary Hagel Resigns Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign today. According to a senior defense source quoted by the Associated Press, Secretary Hagel and President...

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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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Factsheet | June 04, 2015
Last month, the House and the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) passed their versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2016. Both bills contain unwise and...
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...