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June 17, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to aFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the names, nationalities...
June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON– Human Rights First welcomed ongoing engagement from Congress on Guantanamo this week during debate over the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the Senate Armed Services...
June 12, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Just days after White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough joined Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for a tour the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo...
May 23, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomed President Obama’s pledge to pursue an exit strategy from the current armed conflict, to take concrete steps to close...
April 30, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today in his first public response to the ongoing hunger strike and force feedings at Guantanamo, President Obama said in a press conference that he is actively seeking to close...
April 25, 2013
Washington, DC — Human Rights First today praised Senator Feinstein’s letter to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon calling for the transfer of cleared Guantanamo detainees. The organization notes...
April 11, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today called news that officials at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo mishandled more than 500,000 defense attorney emails and appear to be...

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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 30, 2015
This is a cross-post from Politico  By Retired Major General Michael Lehnert, USMC, the first commander of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Thirteen years ago...
Factsheet | January 29, 2015
Download President Barack Obama. “As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice -- so it makes no sense to spend three million dollars per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world...
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...