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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...
December 12, 2017 Today, President Trump signed into law two important new provisions that will strengthen congressional oversight, transparency, and accountability for the “War on Terror.” The provisions,...
November 28, 2017 Washington. D.C.—Human Rights First said that today’s conviction of Ahmed Abu Khattala of terrorism charges in connection with the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, once again demonstrates...
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 09, 2017 By Sara Sirota Last week in the federal court trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, alleged mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, prosecutors questioned the FBI agent who interrogated him and the Arabic...

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February 2, 2016

Human Rights First will host an event to discuss the practical steps the administration and Congress should take to close the facility that national security leaders agree undermines national security and is inconsistent with American ideals.

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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
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...
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...

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