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February 21, 2018 The military commission system at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is a ticking time bomb. On Friday, one of its cases exploded when Judge Vance Spath abated the proceedings and unleashed a half-...
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...
December 19, 2017 Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its National Security Strategy (NSS) describing the administration’s national security priorities and its proposed approach to them. The NSS...
October 30, 2017 Washington, D.C.—As Congress considers a war authorization for military force following the deaths of U.S. service members in Niger, Human Rights First urges representatives to only...
September 13, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today called on the Trump Administration to use the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to levy targeted sanctions against individuals...
August 11, 2017   Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded a bipartisan congressional request for review of sanctions designations against 20 individuals...
August 02, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded President Trump’s signing of bipartisan legislation codifying, strengthening, and expanding sanctions against Russia for...

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Issue Brief | February 01, 2018
When terrorism suspects are captured or arrested, it is important for the United States to learn all that it can from these individuals to prevent future attacks and gain knowledge about terrorist...
Factsheet | October 30, 2017
Download The recent deaths of 4 U.S. service members in Niger have prompted members of Congress to give renewed attention to the scope of war authorities that govern U.S. counterterrorism military...
Amicus Brief | June 01, 2017
The executive branch is attempting to use a military commission, rather than the readily available federal courts, to try Petitioner for involvement in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and...
Impact Study | May 08, 2017
During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to “bring back waterboarding, and a hell of a lot worse.” That was a red line for us.   Immediately after the election, we mobilized our...

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