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March 07, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First welcomed an announcement from the Obama Administration today that it will publish civilian and combatant casualty assessments for lethal counterterrorism strikes...
February 25, 2016 By Whitney-Ann Mulhauser On Wednesday morning Ramzi bin al-Shibh, one of the five 9/11 defendants, testified for several hours before a military commission about the conditions of his detention at...
February 24, 2016 By Alice Debarre  Yesterday the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) convened for the 29th time to evaluate the continued detention of Muhammad Ahmad Abdallah al-Ansi. The board heard...
February 19, 2016 By Alice Debarre In a welcome development, today the Obama Administration announced four additional Periodic Review Board (PRB) hearings—the interagency review process intended to determine...
February 18, 2016 By Alice Debarre On Wednesday a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in the case of Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, the Guantanamo detainee charged in a military commission...
February 17, 2016 By Alice Debarre Yesterday morning the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board (PRB) held its 28th hearing. It met to decide whether Ayub Murshid Ali Salih will join the ranks of the 34...
February 16, 2016 By Alice Debarre Tomorrow the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in the case of Guantanamo detainee Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. This case brings to the fore several...

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October 10, 2017
A Discussion on Immigration Court Backlogs and Due Process

At this lunchtime event, Human Rights First will present its key findings, and panelists and guests will discuss the real-world impact of immigration court changes, proposed changes, and backlogs on access to counsel, access to asylum, due process and fairness.  

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| February 13, 2019
On January 29, 2019, the Trump Administration began implementing its perversely dubbed “Migration Protection Protocols.” In reality, this policy is about denying—not providing—protection to refugees...
| January 30, 2019
Between fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2016, the percentage of asylum seekers from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras granted protection rose by 96 percent, according...
Factsheet | January 25, 2019
Recent data shows that asylum seekers continue to appear for immigration court proceedings at high rates. In fiscal year 2018, Department of Justice (DOJ) figures show that 89 percent of all asylum...
Report | January 15, 2019
In the name of national security, the Trump Administration has taken numerous steps that threaten the human rights of asylum seekers and other immigrants. Several of these punitive actions—such as...

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