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July 21, 2014
Top News CHILDREN AT THE BORDER On Friday, President Obama will meet with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to discuss the surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-...
July 15, 2014
By Heather Brandon Yesterday’s ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals, vacating two of the charges against Osama bin Laden’s PR man, Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul, has implications for another...
July 14, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First said that today’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate two of the three counts of the conviction against Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul...
June 17, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today welcomes reports that Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, will be arraigned in a...
June 17, 2014
It was all sounding very cloak-and-dagger. "I don't know what I don't know," claimed Cheryl Bormann, lead defense lawyer for Walid bin Attash, covered in a floor-length black abaya. "I don't know...
June 02, 2014
Top News OBAMA TRAVELS TO EUROPE President Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, will travel to Europe this week just days after far-right extremist candidates made gains in...
May 30, 2014
The pre-trial hearings were underway again this week at Guantanamo for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind. What was up for debate this time? The defense has requested a...

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Resources

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....
Opinions | July 15, 2014
An opinion piece by Human Rights First's Michael J. Quigley. What’s the best way to bring terrorists to justice? The U.S. government’s handling of Ahmed Abu Khattala is shaping up to be a model...
Factsheet | June 18, 2014
  Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted nearly 500 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11.   Military commissions have convicted only seven.  ...
Letter | May 08, 2014
Letter from Human Rights First's Elisa Massimino urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to address the underlying causes of extremism in Nigeria.  Dear Secretary Hagel: Human Rights...