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Rt. Hon David Cameron
10 Downing St
August 13, 2010
Dear Prime Minister:
Re: Ahmed Belbacha, British Resident in Guantánamo at risk of forced Refoulement to Algeria
I write today to propose another break from Labour’s unsound policies in the ‘war on terror’: its refusal to repatriate former Bournemouth resident Ahmed Belbacha from Guantánamo Bay.
Ahmed was cleared by the Guantánamo authorities in the Bush years, which says a great deal about who he is. Before his hellish ordeal in US custody, Ahmed was a well-liked member of the Bournemouth community ...
Iran's attempt to quell public outcry over stoning sentence falls spectacularly flat.
Last Wednesday evening a woman appeared on a state-run television channel in Iran, confessing to her involvement in the murder of her husband. Almost completely shrouded in a black chador, she read out a statement in which she described how a relative had come to her home with electrical devices, wire and gloves, and electrocuted her husband while she watched. Her words were dubbed into Farsi, obscuring the sound of her real voice.
Whether or not this woman was really Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, as was claimed, is ...
Kenya's practise of rendition dates from at least 1976, and accelerated in the years following 9/11, when Kenya became the leading regional ally of the ...
An inmate on death row in Alabama has failed to persuade the federal appeals court to allow another appeal to be filed on his behalf after a clerical error beyond his control meant that his papers sat unopened beyond the deadline.
The law firm in New York that was handling inmate Cory Maples’ case returned the copies of his court ruling, unopened. By the time the mistake was realised, his time to appeal had passed. In what can only be described as unbelievably poor case management, the firm explained that the reason the delivery went unnoticed for so long was ...
Death’s Waiting Room, our life size death row cell in St Martin-in-the-fields Church, Trafalgar Square, launches today at 1pm. Watch it live HERE.
We’re really pleased to be able to bring this unique event to all those not able to make it to Trafalgar Square today (as it’s our first time live streaming though, please bear with us through any inevitable technical hitches)! Tune in by following the link above at 1pm today to watch the launch, which will include:
Linda Carty’s Reprieve lawyer Sophie Walker speaking about Linda’s case
The actor Anna Chancellor and ...
We’re absolutely delighted that Reprieve’s Executive Director, Clare Algar, has been shortlisted as a ‘Voluntary Sector Achiever of the Year’ by Women in Public Life Awards.
The Awards aim to highlight and reward the achievements of outstanding women role models who pursue leadership roles, make a difference to lives in the work they do and inspire others to do the same.
Since leaving the corporate world and taking a massive 6 figure salary cut to join Reprieve in 2008, Clare’s extraordinary leadership and zeal has helped Reprieve achieve outstanding results and global recognition; Reprieve’s vast increase ...
‘Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows’, as the fool in The Tempest says. Few would deny that a man on death row and a death penalty supporter fall into the category of strange bedfellows.
But with Kevin Keith facing execution on 15 September, and with copious evidence suggesting his innocence, he is certainly in a miserable situation – and now even self-declared death penalty supporters have pulled together with public defenders to ask Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to spare Kevin’s life.
Kevin, 46, was convicted of murdering three people and wounding three more in February 1994. Prosecutors claim that ...
It appears that four of America’s most highly-valued terrorist prisoners were secretly moved to Guantánamo Bay in 2003 – years earlier than had previously been disclosed – then whisked back into overseas prisons before the Supreme Court could grant them access to lawyers.
This is just one of several creative techniques the US have employed during the ‘War on Terror’ to exclude prisoners’ rights to due process. Terms such as “enemy combatant” have removed legal protection under the Geneva Conventions, while domestic legislation has been rushed through to give more powers to the executive government.
During times of emergency, the ...
In his article ‘Fighting Terror’, Robert Fisk wrote: “In the Western context, power and the media is about words – and the use of words. It is about semantics. It is about the employment of phrases and their origins. And it is about the misuse of history, and about our ignorance of history.” More than any other, the word that has defined and dictated the vagaries of global power and how they have been portrayed in the press over the past decade has been ‘terror’.
Most recently, this most resonant of words has inspired a new version of Pakistan’s anti-terror ...
Former North Korean Cabinet official Kwon Ho Ung, who was once chief delegate for ministerial talks with South Korea, has been executed.
Although sources are unidentified and details cannot be confirmed by the South Korean intelligence agencies, it is believed that he was shot by firing squad for failures over policy.
Following the sinking of a South Korean military vessel back in March, tensions between the two states have been rife as North Korea deny claims by South Korea that they were behind the death of 46 South Korean sailors.
Worryingly, it is not uncommon for North Korea to execute ...