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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...
March 26, 2014
New York City – Today a jury found Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, guilty on all counts in a New York federal court. He is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison....
March 21, 2014
This is a cross post from The Huffington Post When Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was arrested last year, Obama critics like Senator Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) were outraged. "He is an enemy combatant...
March 20, 2014
This morning, observers and media had the opportunity to remotely view the unclassified portion of the periodic review board (PRB) hearing in the case of Ali Ahmad al-Rahizi, a Yemeni who has been...
March 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes today’s announcement that Uruguay has agreed to accept five Guantanamo Bay detainees. The organization notes that the agreement between the United...
March 14, 2014
The Senate Intelligence Committee produced a landmark 6,000-page report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. This report has the potential to end the debate on torture and prevent its...
March 13, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes today’s reports that the Obama Administration has transferred an Algerian detainee from Guantanamo Bay. The organization notes that the transfer reduces...

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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...