• 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

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Apr 8, 2014
  • 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.
  • Apr 1, 2014
    Catching up with Salim Hamdan, the “lucky” Yemeni who managed to leave Guantanamo
  • 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
  • Dec 20, 2013
    The US Congress’ passage of a defense bill that will ease restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees is an important step towards closing the detention facility.