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February 08, 2017 New York City-- Human Rights First today urged the newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce and uphold the law as he has pledged to do. The organization said that it will hold...
February 08, 2017 This morning the New York Times released a draft executive order from the Trump Administration that calls for continued use of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The order explicitly...
February 08, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First condemned a draft executive order released today by The New York Times that would continue to hold individuals at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a move...
February 06, 2017 TOP ITEMS Muslim Ban Temporarily Halted A decision Sunday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit preserved a lower judge’s order to temporarily halt implementation of President Trump’...
January 30, 2017 By Camille Marrero Last week, a diverse coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and religious groups wrote to President Trump opposing any executive action that would facilitate torture or...
January 25, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the President Trump may sign executive orders impacting the United States’  torture, rendition, and detention programs, Human Rights First has issued...
January 23, 2017 Mike Pompeo, President Trump’s nominee for Director of the CIA, has committed to upholding the laws that bar U.S. personnel from using torture in national security interrogations. For Pompeo, who has...

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Letter | March 16, 2018
Dear Senator,  We write to express our grave concerns regarding the nomination of Gina Haspel for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and to ask that you not advance her...
Factsheet | March 14, 2018
The administration has nominated Gina Haspel to be the director of the CIA. Haspel played a central role in the CIA’s torture program. She ran a CIA “black site”—a secret prison where detainees were...
Factsheet | February 06, 2018
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to “load [Guantanamo] up with some bad dudes.” Just prior to his first State of the Union address, President Trump...
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...