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November 13, 2013
Washington, D.C. – As the Senate takes up the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, 38 of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals are urging members...
November 07, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First supports reported Obama Administration negotiations with the Yemeni government to build a rehabilitation facility for the Yemeni detainees cleared for transfer...
November 06, 2013
There’s new momentum to close Gitmo and we need your help to seize this crucial moment. The Senate will soon vote on the annual defense bill, and it includes provisions to prosecute or transfer...
October 23, 2013
By Rita Siemion Law and Security Program In yesterday’s pre-trial motions proceedings in the 9/11 military commissions case against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four co-defendants, defense attorneys...
October 22, 2013
Photo: Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque It is now roughly five months since President Barack Obama announced a new direction for U.S. counterterrorism strategy. "America is at a...
October 09, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomed today’s announcement that the Department of Defense will commence Periodic Review Boards to support the “administration's goal of closing Guantanamo Bay...
October 09, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes the appointment of Paul Lewis as Pentagon special envoy to close Guantanamo.  The appointment fulfills a commitment President Obama made 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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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...
Factsheet | April 23, 2015
Earlier this year Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Jackie Walorski proposed identical legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives that would ban the transfer of any Guantanamo...