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January 17, 2013 As President Obama begins his second term, he has the opportunity to define his legacy on human rights. We’ll be listening to hear whether he highlights key human rights challenges in next week’s...
January 16, 2013 Cross posted from Huffington Post In an opinion not yet publicly released by the Office of Military Commissions, the judge presiding over the trial of the five co-defendants accused of...
January 11, 2013 Cross posted from Huffington Post.  Eleven years after President George W. Bush first opened it, it’s hard to believe the United States is still running an offshore prison in Cuba for men...
January 10, 2013 Washington, DC – Tomorrow marks 11 years since the first detainees arrived at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Ahead of this anniversary, Human Rights First President...
January 07, 2013 Washington, DC – Following President Obama’s nominations of Senator Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense and John Brennan to CIA Director, Human Rights First urges the Senate to engage in a...
October 23, 2012 I’m on the ground in Guantanamo Bay this week to observe pre-trial hearings in the military commissions case of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who stands trial for his suspected involvement with the 2000...
October 18, 2012 This blog was crossposted from HuffingtonPost. In an ordinary federal court held on U.S. soil, it's clear what rules apply. There are the laws passed by Congress, precedent from cases decided in...

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February 2, 2016

Human Rights First will host an event to discuss the practical steps the administration and Congress should take to close the facility that national security leaders agree undermines national security and is inconsistent with American ideals.

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Letter | June 26, 2017
Download PDF Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members: On behalf of the undersigned groups, we urge you to oppose the inclusion of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) proposal to alter the Freedom of...
Amicus Brief | June 01, 2017
The executive branch is attempting to use a military commission, rather than the readily available federal courts, to try Petitioner for involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and...
Factsheet | May 30, 2017
Myth: Terrorists have traditionally been tried in military commissions. Fact: Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted more than 620 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11....
Factsheet | May 30, 2017
What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) process through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. Congress then codified...