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Stepping off the plane onto the tarmac, we’re told to enter the gates, put our bags on the ground in front of us and stand with our backs against the wire-link fence. It's my first time at Guantánamo Bay.
Dogs are brought through, sniffing each bag one by one.“Go,” we’re told as soon as our bags pass the sniff test. The three of us walk to the podium where they take our paperwork. “Welcome to Guantánamo!” the guard says waving us through the checkpoint.
As a paralegal with Reprieve's Guantánamo team, this is my first ...
Beaten, fined and sentenced to death, hopes are fading for Asia Bibi, a 45 year-old Christian mother of five and the first woman to be charged with blasphemy in Pakistan.
Things were looking up for Asia last week when it was rumored that President Zardari would pardon her quickly and that a repeal of Pakistan's blasphemy laws was being considered. It now appears that both steps were thwarted by extremist voices within the government. In addition, the Lahore High Court blocked Asia's pardon, a move which undermines the constitutional power of the President to issue pardons and commute ...
In a hearing due to start today Judge Kevin Fine will be asked to rule on whether the risk of executing an innocent person makes the death penalty in Texas unconstitutional.
Judge Fine, state District Judge of Harris County (the county which sends more people to death row than any other in the United States) will examine the arguments put forward by the lawyers of John Edward Green, 25, who says he is innocent of a 2008 shooting in Houston.
John Edward Green’s lawyers argue that "capital punishment schemes that create a 'substantial risk' that innocent people are wrongfully ...
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This week’s disclosures by Wikileaks have been seen as an extended exercise in embarrassment. Yet some of the leaked cables bear positive news that should be shouted from the hilltops, rather than secreted in the bowels of the State Department.
One such cable concerns my former client, Moazzam Begg. Dated January 15th 2010, emanating from the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg, it reports on a visit Moazzam made to persuade Europeans to take in some of the Guantánamo Bay prisoners who had been cleared for release.
“Mr. Begg is doing our work for us,” wrote the American diplomat. “And ...
A summer of particularly violent unrest sparked renewed debates about capital punishment in Guatemala earlier this year. Right-wing political parties like the Libertad Democrática Renovada and Partido Patriota argued that reinstating the death penalty would act as deterrent to crime and help restore order in the troubled central American Republic.
On the 5th of October, Guatemalan Congress approved a motion to reinstate capital punishment, a move which would have ended the country’s decade-old moratorium.
One month later, however, on the eve of the World Day Against the Death Penalty, President Álvaro Colom vetoed the proposed legislation, stating that he ...
On 16 November 2010, the International Commission against the Death Penalty (ICDP) issued one of their very first collective statements, opposing the possible executions of three alleged child offenders, who were sentenced to death in Darfur on 21 October.
The ICDP, which was officially established on 7 October 2010, was founded as part of an effort to join in the on-going and extensive struggle against the use of the death penalty led by civil society and the United Nations.
The most immediate objective of the ICDP is to promote a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty, to take place by ...
A respected British journalist has been sentenced to six weeks in
prison and fined S$20,000 (£9,622) for publishing a book questioning
the independence of Singapore's judiciary.
Alan Shadrake was jailed for “the offence of contempt by scandalising the court” following the publication of his book Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock.
Once a Jolly Hangman is the result of interviews with Singapore’s former chief executioner, former police offices, human rights activists and lawyers. Shadrake asserts in his book that those who are wealthy and well connected typically escape the death penalty whilst ...
November 11th is Veterans Day and we are proud to announce that Chuck Hobson, an honorable US veteran who fought in World War II and the Korean war, has joined our campaign to help save Linda Carty's life.
Linda Carty is a British grandmother who was convicted following a catastrophic trial in Texas. All her appeals are exhausted and she will get soon an execution date.
Chuck Hobson enlisted in the US Navy in January 1945, did the mandatory basic training "Boot Camp" and then attended the Electronics School until the War ended in August 1945. He then opted ...
The sceptic in me was outed this morning when I read the latest from the war of rhetoric surrounding the Obama administration's effort to close the Guantánamo Bay detention centre.
Republican staffers on the US Senate Intelligence Committee have apparently traveled to Europe to probe the security arrangements in place for former Guantanamo prisoners resettled there.
There is precious little substantive detail about the content of these visits. There is however plenty of insinuation. In Germany, France and Spain they refused to comment on whether there was any evidence that the men had been in touch with suspected al ...