• Written statement
    Oct 20, 2014
    Human Rights Watch's US Program submission to the UN's Committee against Torture for October 2014.
  • Commentary
    Aug 28, 2014
    In any normal case, in any ordinary court, judges hold preliminary hearings to narrow the issues and move the case closer to trial. But there is nothing ordinary about the prosecution of the five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. And the military commission at Guantanamo Bay, where the case is being heard, is no ordinary court. Instead of bringing the case closer to trial, each preliminary hearing in Guantanamo seems to move it further away.
  • Letter
    Aug 27, 2014
    A joint-letter asking that videotapes of the force-feedings taking place at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility be disclosed in the public interest.
  • Press release
    Jul 15, 2014
    A US appeals court’s ruling on July 14, 2014, has dealt a major blow to the legitimacy of military commissions and should dissuade the Obama administration from further using the commissions to prosecute terrorism suspects
  • Letter
    Jun 18, 2014
    As the Senate considers an appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Justice, the undersigned human rights, civil liberties, and religious organizations strongly urge you to oppose any additional restrictions on the authority of the Secretary of Defense to order the overseas transfer of detainees from Guantanamo to foreign countries.
  • Press release
    Jun 18, 2014
    The United States government should ensure that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, apprehended for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is brought promptly before a judge and provided access to a lawyer.
  • Dispatches
    Jun 17, 2014
  • Commentary
    Jun 13, 2014
    Though questions have been raised about whether the Obama administration should have exchanged five Guantanamo detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, one thing is clear: The decision shouldn’t impede U.S. efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  • Press release
    May 28, 2014
    On March 28, 2014, US President Barack Obama delivered a speech on US foreign policy at the US Military Academy at West Point. Below is the reaction from Sarah Margon, Washington director at Human Rights Watch.
  • Commentary
    May 24, 2014
    Twelve months ago today, Barack Obama gave a landmark national security speech. We were promised drone memos. And a case for legal targeted killing. And no more Guantanamo. A year later, none of these promises have been met.
  • Letter
    Apr 10, 2014
    A joint letter from civil liberties, human rights, and religious organizations wrote to Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel expressing serious concerns over lack of basic information about detainees currently on hunger strike at Guantánamo, including critical details about how the military manages them.
  • Letter
    Apr 7, 2014
  • Press release
    Apr 7, 2014
    Human Rights Watch released a video showing the plight of families of Yemeni detainees. All Guantanamo detainees should be returned or resettled, or charged and prosecuted in US federal courts.
  • Commentary
    Apr 1, 2014
    Catching up with Salim Hamdan, the “lucky” Yemeni who managed to leave Guantanamo
  • Press release
    Mar 27, 2014
    The United Statesshould heed calls issued on March 27, 2014, by an important UN human rights body to ensure that its surveillance activities are consistent with the right to privacy, both within and outside its borders
  • Commentary
    Mar 13, 2014
    Want closure for attacks on America? You’ll get more at a trial near Ground Zero than a torturous commission at Guantánamo
  • Commentary
    Feb 4, 2014

    TJ. Hargrave was killed in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. More than a dozen years later, his brother Jamie was chosen in a U.S. government lottery to attend a week of pre-trial hearings at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for the five men accused of plotting the attacks. These may rank among the most important legal proceedings in American history, but news of them made hardly a ripple.

  • Dispatches
    Jan 28, 2014