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March 11, 2013
This is a crosspost from Reuters. On Friday morning in downtown Manhattan, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law appeared in a federal courtroom to be charged with conspiring to kill Americans. In a...
March 06, 2013
Washington, DC - This Thursday, March 7, marks the two-year anniversary of the President’s Executive Order governing periodic reviews of Guantanamo detainees. To mark the anniversary,...
February 26, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and looks forward to working with him to advance U.S. national security policies that protect...
February 15, 2013
This is a crosspost from the Huffington Post. If observers hoped the parade of officers testifying in the 9/11 hearings this past week was going to redeem the Guantanamo military commissions, they...
February 14, 2013
This is a crosspost from Huffington Post. Questions about monitoring of privileged attorney-client communications continued to swirl around the pre-trial hearings taking place at Guantanamo...
February 12, 2013
This is a crosspost from the Huffington Post. Testimony from the special 9/11 courtroom at Guantanamo Bay this morning confirmed what defense lawyers have been complaining about for...
February 11, 2013
Washington, DC – As President Obama prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, Human Rights First urges him to recommit to the promise of equality and fundamental rights he articulated...

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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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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...
Letter | May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014   Dear Senator: As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe it is imperative for Congress to remove the remaining restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...