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March 16, 2015 Top News WAR AUTHORIZATION On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will appear before the House Armed Services Committee to...
March 16, 2015 Not too long ago I spent a week in Guantanamo Bay as an observer for Human Rights First. I attended a military commission hearing for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000...
March 03, 2015 Yesterday, Air Force Colonel Vance Spath, the judge presiding over the Guantanamo military commission hearings for alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, ordered to remove the convening...
March 03, 2015 Today, the Guantanamo Bay Periodic Review Board (PRB) held its 14th hearing to determine whether one of the remaining 51 detainees eligible for review could be cleared for transfer. Mashur...
March 02, 2015 Tomorrow, we’ll see the latest hearing in the slow-moving Periodic Review Board (PRB) process at the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The process, created by President Obama in 2011, reviews the cases of...
February 26, 2015 New York City—Human Rights First said that today’s conviction of al Qaeda member Khaled al-Fawwaz once again demonstrates that justice in terrorism cases is best served in federal court. ...
February 18, 2015 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s ruling striking down the conviction of former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks demonstrates that military commissions are an inappropriate and...

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Factsheet | April 26, 2017
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17 NDAA) contains several provisions that make it very difficult to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay. These provisions even...
Issue Brief | April 07, 2017
Several congressional proposals for the authorization of the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS have included authorization to target not just ISIS but also “associated forces” of ISIS....
Factsheet | January 20, 2017
Myth: Terrorists have traditionally been tried in military commissions. Fact: Federal civilian criminal courts have convicted more than 550 individuals on terrorism-related charges since 9/11....
Factsheet | November 22, 2016
In the current version of the Guantanamo military commissions: Crimes triable: Defendants in military commissions, who were tried ex-post facto for conduct such as “material support for...