On human rights, the United States must be a beacon. America is strongest when our policies and actions match our values.More
Home / Campaigns / Close Guantanamo

Latest News and Press Releases

February 25, 2014 This blog is cross-posted from Huffington Post. This week, senior Pentagon officials and nominees for top defense policy posts will testify in Congress about the state of the U.S. armed forces and...
February 20, 2014 After a two-day delay, pre-trial hearings resumed Wednesday morning in the case of the alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantanamo. The proceedings had been delayed...
January 28, 2014 Tonight at 7pm, join us for an evening of performance and a discussion about Guantanamo with Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Esperanza has partnered with Human Rights First to raise...
Associated Press | January 24, 2014
December 31, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Less than one week after President Obama signed into law an annual defense spending bill that eliminated onerous foreign transfer restrictions for Guantanamo detainees who...
November 19, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First praises the Senate’s bipartisan effort to pave the way to closing Guantanamo during today’s debate on the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....
November 18, 2013 A version of this post was published on Buzzfeed. Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding launched her new music video today titled We Are America days before U.S. Senators will vote on a...

Pages

Resources

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...

Our Experts

Senior Director, Government Relations