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July 21, 2017 Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that the Trump Administration has brought al Qaeda terror suspect Ali Charaf Damache to the United States to be tried in federal court, rather...
June 01, 2017 Washington, D.C.—On behalf of 12 retired generals and admirals of the United States Armed Forces, Human Rights First yesterday filed an amicus brief, with the pro bono assistance...
March 23, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Human Rights First’s Elisa Massimino will urge senators to review the record of Judge Neil Gorsuch, nominee for...
March 09, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to comments made today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he supports sending terrorism suspects to Guantanamo Bay and the military commissions proceedings against 9/...
February 14, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that President Trump is considering whether to send an alleged al Qaeda member to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First today urged the...
December 07, 2016 This blog is cross-posted from Huffington Post. It’s no secret that the Guantanamo Bay detention center is a huge government money-suck. It costs more than $7.5 million to house each of the 59...
December 06, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed President Obama’s speech on his administration’s approach to counterterrorism, noting that the policies outlined protect the United States’ national...

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Infographic | June 08, 2017
There are now just 41 detainees at Guantanamo, each imprisoned at the extraordinary cost of $10 million per year. Five detainees, however, have been cleared for transfer by all relevant government...
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
Federal court convictions of individuals charged with terrorism offenses since 9/11: 627 Number of district courts where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 63 Number of states...
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....