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December 31, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Less than one week after President Obama signed into law an annual defense spending bill that eliminated onerous foreign transfer restrictions for Guantanamo detainees who...
November 19, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First praises the Senate’s bipartisan effort to pave the way to closing Guantanamo during today’s debate on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....
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...
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...
August 29, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to news that Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab have been transferred from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Algeria,...

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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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Opinions | January 21, 2015
This is an excerpt from The Hill. With the midterms behind him, President Obama can spend his final two years in office devoting his full attention to priorities that will define his legacy. While...
Factsheet | January 20, 2015
Download What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. The order...
Factsheet | January 14, 2015
Download The risk of transferring detainees is managed responsibly: over 90 percent of detainees transferred under the Obama Administration are not even suspected of engaging in any...
Blueprint | December 16, 2014
As President Obama said in a 2013 speech at the National Defense University, Guantanamo “has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law.” The detention facility...