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August 05, 2015 By Carolyn Tackett In a recent interview with BBC’s Hilary Andersson, Buzzy Krongard, CIA executive director from 2001 to 2004, acknowledged that detainees in Guantanamo and CIA black sites were...
July 29, 2015 New York City – Human Rights First today said that the federal government’s response to its amicus brief filed in a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit case, Jose Luis Munoz Santos v. Linda R...
July 13, 2015 By Derek Claytor As a young eighteen-year-old Marine Private First Class on my first deployment, I was tasked with watching over two detainees suspected of terrorist activities as they were...
July 09, 2015 Elisa Massimino, in an article for Roll Call, writes that the Senate’s passage of the McCain-Feinstein amendment with a landslide bipartisan 78-21 vote is more than a policy victory. On this key...
June 26, 2015 Washington, D.C.– To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Human Rights First calls on members of Congress to protect an historic provision in the National...
June 26, 2015 By Carolyn Tackett Today, on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, it is important for the United States to reflect on its painful past as an abuser, its failure to bring...

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Letter | January 11, 2017
Download January 6, 2017 Donald J. Trump President-elect of the United States of America Trump Tower 735 5th Avenue New York, NY 10022 Dear President-Elect Trump, We are a group of 176...
Issue Brief | January 11, 2017
 “When the United States stands up for human rights, by example at home and by effort abroad, we align ourselves with men and women around the world who struggle for the right to speak their...
Factsheet | January 10, 2017
Over the course of the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump expressed hostility to human rights norms and called into question whether the United States should continue to promote its values abroad...
Issue Brief | January 09, 2017
The so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” used in the CIA’s rendition, detention, and interrogation program constitute torture or other cruel treatment, and are illegal under both U...