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November 13, 2013 Washington, D.C. – As the Senate takes up the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this week, 38 of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals are urging members...
November 07, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First supports reported Obama Administration negotiations with the Yemeni government to build a rehabilitation facility for the Yemeni detainees cleared for transfer...
November 06, 2013 There’s new momentum to close Gitmo and we need your help to seize this crucial moment. The Senate will soon vote on the annual defense bill, and it includes provisions to prosecute or transfer...
October 23, 2013 By Rita Siemion Law and Security Program In yesterday’s pre-trial motions proceedings in the 9/11 military commissions case against Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four co-defendants, defense attorneys...
October 22, 2013 Photo: Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque It is now roughly five months since President Barack Obama announced a new direction for U.S. counterterrorism strategy. "America is at a...
October 09, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomed today’s announcement that the Department of Defense will commence Periodic Review Boards to support the “administration's goal of closing Guantanamo Bay...
October 09, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes the appointment of Paul Lewis as Pentagon special envoy to close Guantanamo.  The appointment fulfills a commitment President Obama made in...

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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...

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