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June 14, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Following today’s passage in the Senate of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Human Rights First urges President Obama to veto the bill if its final version includes...
June 06, 2016 Last week I spent five days observing the Guantanamo Bay military commission pretrial hearings in the case against the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and his...
June 02, 2016 Today, nearly 17 months after the release of his best-selling memoir Guantanamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi received his Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing. Slahi is a 45-year-old Guantanamo...
May 31, 2016 This month’s ninth Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing was conducted this morning for detainee Shawqi Awad Balzuhair. Balzuhair is a 35-year-old Yemeni and has been held at Gitmo since...
May 26, 2016 This morning Gitmo detainee Sufiyan Ibu Muhammad Barhumi had his Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearing. The 43-year-old has been held at Guantanamo Bay since June of 2002.  According to Barhumi...
May 24, 2016 This morning the Periodic Review Board (PRB) held a hearing for Guantanamo detainee Said Bin Brahim Bin Umran Bakush. Bakush, a 35-year-old Algerian national, has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay,...
May 24, 2016 Washington, D.C.—In testimony today before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, former General Counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora will urge members of Congress to shutter the detention facility...

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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...