• Muhammad al-Baidhani holds a photo of his father, Abdul Khaliq al-Bhaidani, who is held at Guantanamo without charge.
    The family of a Gitmo detainee twice cleared for transfer remains pessimistic, despite Obama's speech vowing reform.


Guantanamo - Military Commissions

  • Jun 12, 2015
    A United States federal court dealt another blow to the Obama administration’s attempts to resuscitate the inferior military commissions at Guantanamo Bay by overturning the 2008 conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al-Bahlul, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • May 15, 2015
    The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write have sent this letter to US House of Representative members to strongly urge them to vote “no” on final passage of the NDAA.
  • May 15, 2015
    The undersigned human rights, civil liberties, national security, and religious organizations write to strongly urge Congress members to vote today and tomorrow to close the Guantanamo detention facility and end indefinite detention without charge or trial.
  • May 8, 2015
    When Omar Khadr first arrived at Guantanamo Bay in 2002, he was a baby-faced 15-year-old and one of the military prison’s youngest detainees. He had been severely wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan in which a U.S. army medic was killed and other U.S. soldiers injured. The incident began a 13-year ordeal marked by repeated interrogations, torture, alleged threats of rape, and a plea bargain with a fundamentally flawed military commission.
  • Jan 29, 2015
    State and local officials in the United States should address racial discrimination and police abuse in the criminal justice system that sparked widespread demonstrations last year.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Human Rights Watch's US Program submission to the UN's Committee against Torture for October 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Jun 17, 2014