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September 08, 2016 Ten years ago this week, a batch of men arrived at the U.S. military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The CIA had held these men incommunicado in prisons across the world, tortured and hidden...
August 30, 2016 Washington, DC – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today refused to intercede in the case of alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, a...
August 26, 2016 By Amy Morello Thursday morning the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) convened to consider the case of Haji Wali Mohammed, a 50-year-old Afghan national who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo...
August 19, 2016 By Faria Rehman Yesterday, Gitmo detainee Encep Nurjaman, better known by his alias, “Hambali,” appeared before the Periodic Review Board (PRB) for the first time to advocate for his release. One...
August 19, 2016 Last week’s transfer of 15 detainees—12 Yemenis and three Afghans—from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the United Arab Emirates was the largest detainee transfer the Obama Administration...
August 18, 2016 By Amy Morello The Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) convened on Tuesday morning to discuss the case of Abu Faraj al-Libi, a 46-year-old Libyan national who is one of the 15 remaining “high-...
August 15, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of 15 Guantanamo detainees to the United Arab Emirates, and encourages the Obama Administration to keep up the pace of transfers if the...

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Issue Brief | January 04, 2019
Introduction As the armed conflict with various organized terrorist groups stretches into its sixteenth year, the United States continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured...
Factsheet | December 20, 2018
Closing Guantánamo is a “national security imperative” according to the Department of Defense.  Guantánamo is a symbol of the failed war in Iraq, torture, and delayed justice for hundreds of men...
Issue Brief | December 20, 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 | October 10, 2018
The Detainees Detainees currently held at Guantánamo: 40. Total number of detainees ever incarcerated at Guantánamo: 780. Detainees released under President Bush: Over 500. Detainees...