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March 01, 2018 By: Kate Holcombe This week, Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani became the third Guantanamo detainee to receive a review by the Periodic Review Board (PRB) since President Trump took office. The PRBs are...
January 10, 2018 This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to advance the nomination of Howard C. Nielson to be a federal judge. His record raises serious concerns about his qualifications to...
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 14, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today expressed disappointment in the Senate’s confirmation of Steven Bradbury to serve as general counsel in the Department of Transportation. Bradbury had a...
June 26, 2017 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today urged senators to oppose the nomination of Steven Bradbury to serve as general counsel in the Department of Transportation as a result of his pivotal role in...
June 22, 2017 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports this morning of the use of torture in secret detention facilities in Yemen operated by Yemeni and United Arab Emirates forces, and potential U.S....
June 08, 2017 If those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, what happens to those who willfully ignore history and make every attempt to cover it up?  Last Friday, reports...

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Letter | September 17, 2019
Download September 17, 2019 Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to...
Issue Brief | January 04, 2019
Introduction As the armed conflict with various organized terrorist groups stretches into its sixteenth year, the United States continues to wrestle with the most effective way to handle captured...
Letter | November 30, 2018
  Dear Senators: We are a group of non-governmental organizations that advocate for human rights, civil rights, and government accountability. We are writing to share our serious...
Factsheet | May 24, 2018
On May 17, 2018, the Senate voted to confirm Gina Haspel as director of the CIA. She was confirmed by a vote of 54-45—the lowest number of affirmative votes for any CIA director in history. Haspel...

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