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May 19, 2014
New York City – Human Rights First today expressed that the jury conviction of Mostafa Kamel Mostafa, also known as Abu Hamza al Masri, of 11 terrorism-related charges demonstrates that U.S. federal...
May 05, 2014
Last week, the U.S. State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism, an assessment of the strength and activities of various terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda and its affiliates...
April 28, 2014
New York City – Human Right First today expressed concern over public statements made by Brigadier General Mark Martins blaming military commissions observers for characterizing the system as...
April 24, 2014
Pretrial hearings in the case against alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al Rahim al Nashiri continue to limp along—par for the course in Gitmo’s troubled military commission system—but they...
April 17, 2014
This week at Guantanamo Bay, an FBI investigation into one or more defense teams has almost completely derailed the proceedings against the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and his co-...
April 15, 2014
The pre-trial hearings of the alleged 9/11 conspirators in Guantanamo military commission screeched to yet another halt today, as the defense teams attempted to get to the bottom of an FBI...
April 04, 2014
This week, BuzzFeed reported that a bipartisan group of senators has been meeting to discuss the utility of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law passed in the days after 9...

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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...
Factsheet | May 06, 2014
MYTH:  A widely dispersed and decentralized al Qaeda is more threatening to the United States now than it was after 9/11. FACT:   The nature of the threat presented by al Qaeda and...