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January 09, 2017 Top Items Confirmation Hearings Confirmation hearings will begin in the Senate this week for several nominees for key cabinet positions in the new administration including Senator Jeff Sessions...
December 19, 2016 TOP ITEMS Statement of Principles As 2016 draws to a close and the next administration readies to take office, Human Rights First and a coalition of 20 of the nation’s largest human rights and...
December 13, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today applauded the Obama Administration’s decision to archive the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program. This move ensures...
December 06, 2016 Washington, D.C.—Human Rights First today welcomed President Obama’s speech on his administration’s approach to counterterrorism, noting that the policies outlined protect the United States’ national...
December 05, 2016 Washington, D.C.— Human Rights First today said that the Obama Administration's release of a presidential report and memorandum—and related policy documents—on the legal and policy...
December 01, 2016 Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that Retired Marine General James Mattis has been chosen to serve as the next secretary of defense under the Trump Administration, Human Rights First’s Raha...
November 29, 2016 By Elizabeth Topolosky For most Americans, the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are out-of-sight, out-of-mind. But the troubled system grinds on. On November 14th, I traveled with...

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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...