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July 14, 2016 I sat alone in a darkened hall in Fort Meade. Live-streamed (well, almost—there is a forty-second delay to prevent transmission of classified information) on a screen before me, a judge at Guantanamo...
July 11, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of three Guantanamo detainees to Italy and Serbia, noting that the pace of transfers must increase if the facility is to close by the...
July 07, 2016 This morning, Gitmo detainee Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani received his first Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing. Rabbani is a 49-year-old Pakistani citizen who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since...
July 07, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Major General Michael R. Lehnert, USMC (Ret.) today urged members of Congress to renew their efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The call came in a...
July 06, 2016 Later this week, the Senate is expected to begin debate on its version of the Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17). In contrast to the National Defense...
July 05, 2016 TOP ITEMS Bahrain This week President Obama travels to Poland, where he and other world leaders will attend the July 8-9 NATO summit. Human Rights First is pressing President Obama to use the...
June 30, 2016 This morning the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) convened to consider the case of Hail Aziz Ahmed al-Maythali, a 39-year-old Yemeni who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since...

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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...