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January 30, 2018 An American citizen accused of being an ISIS member is challenging the U.S. military’s authority to detain him. The unnamed detainee (“John Doe” in legal documents) had been held for three months in...
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....

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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...
Factsheet | October 10, 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 | October 10, 2018
The prison at Guantanamo Bay, which now holds 40 detainees, is vastly more expensive to operate than the equivalent federal prisons. Indeed, it’s come to be called “the most expensive prison on...
Factsheet | October 10, 2018
The Basics Detainees: The first detainees arrived at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on January 11, 2002. Since it opened, 780 detainees have been held there. The Bush Administration...

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