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April 28, 2014
New York City – Human Right First today expressed concern over public statements made by Brigadier General Mark Martins blaming military commissions observers for characterizing the system as...
April 25, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes today’s announcement that Ali Ahmad al Rahizi has been cleared for transfer from Guantanamo Bay to his home country of Yemen. Al Rahizi was cleared by...
April 24, 2014
Pretrial hearings in the case against alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al Rahim al Nashiri continue to limp along—par for the course in Gitmo’s troubled military commission system—but they...
April 17, 2014
This week at Guantanamo Bay, an FBI investigation into one or more defense teams has almost completely derailed the proceedings against the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and his co-...
April 15, 2014
The pre-trial hearings of the alleged 9/11 conspirators in Guantanamo military commission screeched to yet another halt today, as the defense teams attempted to get to the bottom of an FBI...
April 14, 2014
Lawyers for 9/11 defendant Ramzi Bin Al Shibh today asked military commissions judge Army Colonel James Pohl to stop the proceedings against him and other alleged 9/11 co-conspirators at Guantanamo...
April 04, 2014
This week, BuzzFeed reported that a bipartisan group of senators has been meeting to discuss the utility of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law passed in the days after 9...

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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 | 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...
Letter | May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014   Dear Representative: As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe it is imperative for Congress to remove the remaining restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo...
Opinions | March 25, 2014
Op-ed by Daphne Eviatar.  The government’s charges against Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law looked pretty thin. Washington was basically claiming that the Kuwaiti imam had made a...