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February 20, 2014
After a two-day delay, pre-trial hearings resumed Wednesday morning in the case of the alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. The proceedings had been delayed...
February 18, 2014
Pre-trial hearings in the military commission case against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged U.S.S. Cole bomber, were set to begin Monday for the first time since last year. After only ten minutes...
January 28, 2014
Tonight at 7pm, join us for an evening of performance and a discussion about Guantanamo with Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza has partnered with Human Rights First to raise...
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 18, 2013
A version of this post was published on Buzzfeed. Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding launched her new music video today titled We Are America days before U.S. Senators will vote on a...

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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...