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January 20, 2017 Guantanamo. The word conjures images and opinions from almost any person: the famous Colonel Nathan Jessup and the Marine Corps Security Force in “A Few Good Men” who stand guard on “that wall”...
January 19, 2017 Washington, D.C.—As President Obama prepares to leave office, Human Rights First today praised the transfer of four Guantanamo detainees today and urges the incoming...
January 17, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of ten Guantanamo detainees to Oman this weekend, and encourages the Obama Administration to continue to transfer the remaining nine...
January 11, 2017 Fifteen years ago today, the first detainees in the “War on Terror” arrived at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Five months’ prior, the United States had suffered an unprecedented...
January 11, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Fifteen years ago today, the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba received its first twenty prisoners in the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11. As President Obama prepares...
January 05, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today praised the transfer of four Yemeni Guantanamo detainees to Saudi Arabia, and encourages President Obama to continue to transfer the remaining cleared...
December 24, 2016   My first night in Guantanamo ends with me staring at rows of beige Quonset huts and a gorgeous sunset behind a row of low mountain peaks to the west. It's almost 80 degrees at nine pm, and...

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Factsheet | April 09, 2018
What are the Periodic Review Boards? President Barack Obama created the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) process through Executive Order 13567 on March 7, 2011. Congress then codified...
Factsheet | April 09, 2018
In February 2016, the Department of Defense released its plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. Currently, 41 detainees remain at the prison, which national security...
Issue Brief | March 09, 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 | March 09, 2018
The vast majority of Guantanamo detainees were transferred or released to other countries before 2009. A total of 780 detainees have been held at Guantanamo Bay since the detention center was...