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November 05, 2015 Washington, D.C.—Twenty-eight of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals today urged President Obama to submit a plan to Congress detailing actions the administration will take to...
October 30, 2015 Today, Human Rights First signed on to a letter with over a dozen other human rights and civil liberties organizations urging members of the House of Representatives to vote “No” to override the...
October 02, 2015 New York City – Human Rights First, representing a group of 11 retired generals and admirals, filed an amicus brief urging the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to grant jurisdiction in...
September 24, 2015 In 2004, thirteen Nepali laborers were offered jobs in a luxury hotel and restaurants in Amman, Jordan. The families of these young men took on enormous debt to pay recruiting fees for jobs they...
September 24, 2015 The horrific wrongs of Abu Ghraib, a former prison near Baghdad, came to light when shocking photos surfaced in 2003. Four prisoners who were held and tortured there without being charged with a...
June 17, 2015 Yesterday, the Senate approved Senators John McCain and Dianne Feinstein’s anti-torture amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. With a 78-21 vote, the McCain-...
June 16, 2015 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the passage of an historic bipartisan amendment that prevents the future use of torture by any U.S. government agency. The...

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Testimony | April 28, 2016
The goal of terrorism is to change behavior and to make us live in fear. On 9/11 America changed. In September 2001 I was a new brigadier general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina commanding an 8,...
Testimony | March 23, 2016
The goal of terrorism is to change behavior and to make us live in fear. On 9/11 America changed. In September 2001 I was a new brigadier general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina commanding an 8,...
Letter | March 01, 2016
Dear Chairmen and Ranking Members,  For over seven years we, a group of retired flag and general officers of the United States Armed Forces, have advocated the responsible closure of the...
Audio | February 23, 2016
Following the Obama Administration’s release of its plan to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights First hosted a media telebriefing featuring Major General Michael Lehnert, the...