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February 06, 2015 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today said that the 2015 U.S. National Security Strategy rightly reinforces the United States’ commitment to policies that promote the protection of human...
February 05, 2015 Today, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is holding a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Guantanamo Detention Facility and Future of U.S. Detention Policy.” A large issue expected to arise at...
January 29, 2015 Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for the office of U.S. Attorney General. If confirmed by the Senate, Lynch will replace current Attorney...
January 27, 2015 In one of his final interviews before leaving his office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Steve Inskeep of NPR. Much of their conversation focused on the detention center at...
January 09, 2015 New York City - On Friday, a U.S. federal judge in New York City sentenced Sheikh Abu Hamza al Masri to life in prison following his conviction on charges arising from the deadly 1998...
November 04, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today praised the Obama Administration’s decision to transfer a military detainee from the Parwan Detention Facility in Afghanistan to the United States where he...
September 23, 2014 New York City – Human Rights First today said that the trial  of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, underscores that justice in terrorism cases is best served in...

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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...