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January 29, 2018 Two weeks ago, Army Col. James L. Pohl, the presiding judge in the case of the alleged 9/11 co-conspirators at the Guantanamo Bay military commissions, issued an alarming opinion. If reports are true...
January 26, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today condemned President Trump’s reported decision to sign an executive order to keep open the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a move that threatens the...
January 11, 2018 Washington, D.C.—Sixteen years ago today twenty prisoners were sent to the  Guantanamo Bay detention facility. To mark this anniversary, Major General Michael Lehnert—the first commanding...
December 15, 2017 “If our government wants the most important criminal cases in American history to be tried by military commission, it is essential that the proceedings live up to the highest standards of American...
November 15, 2017 Last week, I traveled to Guantanamo Bay to observe proceedings in the case of accused USS Cole bomber Abd al Rahim al Nashiri. What should have been a relatively straightforward week of prosecution...
November 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—To mark Veterans Day Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, today launched a new multimedia storytelling campaign titled, #WhatIFoughtFor....
November 09, 2017 By Sara Sirota Last week in the federal court trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, alleged mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, prosecutors questioned the FBI agent who interrogated him and the Arabic...

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Factsheet | April 09, 2018
What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) process through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. Congress then codified...
Factsheet | April 09, 2018
In February 2016, the Department of Defense released its plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Currently, 41 detainees remain at the prison, which national security...
Issue Brief | March 09, 2018
How are Guantanamo detainees approved for transfer out of the prison, and what does that process involve? This brief outlines how the current mechanisms work and how they differ from those used by...
Factsheet | March 09, 2018
The vast majority of Guantanamo detainees were transferred or released to other countries before 2009. A total of 780 detainees have been held at Guantanamo Bay since the detention center was...