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May 15, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today calls on President Obama to veto the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if the final bill contains provisions that would increase...
May 14, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Major Gen. Michael Lehnert, the first commander of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, today urged Members of Congress to reject an amendment to the...
April 22, 2015
Washington, D.C.—National security experts welcomed today's reports suggesting that the Obama Administration intends to move forward with the transfer of ten detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,...
March 06, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Saturday, March 7, marks the four-year anniversary of President Obama’s Executive Order governing periodic reviews of Guantanamo detainees. Reviews, which are to determine whether a...
February 12, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and looks forward to working with him to advance U.S. national security policies that protect and...
February 12, 2015
Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First is urging members of the Senate Armed Services Committee to reject legislation during today’s markup that would include a blanket ban on transferring detainees...
February 10, 2015
Yesterday Elisa Massimino, Human Rights First President and CEO, spoke to the American Bar Association (ABA) during its midyear meeting. She laid out the case for American leadership on human rights...

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Letter | February 11, 2015
February 5, 2015 Representative Vicky Hartzler United States House of Representatives 2235 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Representative Jackie...
Transcription | February 10, 2015
Elisa Massimino Keynote Address American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting Center for Human Rights Annual Luncheon Houston, Texas February 9, 2015. Thank you so much for that kind introduction...
Letter | May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014   Dear Senator: As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe it is imperative for Congress to remove the remaining restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...
Letter | May 19, 2014
May 19, 2014   Dear Representative: As retired Flag and General Officers, we believe it is imperative for Congress to remove the remaining restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo...