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"When I first heard of the Journey of Hope I was blown away at the very powerful message you all are bringing to the world despite being victims of murderous violence.
We live in a world where being quick to judge and ruling with an iron fist has become the social norm, and understanding love and compassion have become foreign concepts that are considered week and ...
Two countries down on our Obama needs EU! tour. We had a great welcome in Luxembourg where Moazzam’s presence appeared to calm even the more sceptical elements of the press.
All the political parties expressed interest in the issue of offering protection to the men in Guantanamo who cannot go home for fear of torture. We also met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, who expressed his respect for Moazzam by giving him a book about the history of a notorious prison in Luxembourg where the occupying Nazis had been responsible for torturing members of the Luxembourg ...
Governments around the world, including those of Arab and European states, have colluded in the secret detention of terrorism suspects, UN investigators have reported.
An extensive report, released on Wednesday, paints a disturbing picture of a systematic secret detention programme involving many countries.
Officials found that secret detention "may even amount to a crime against humanity".
The 222-page document, which will be presented at a forthcoming meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, is the result of several years of investigation, and notes that secret detention is "a manifold human rights violation that cannot be justified under any circumstances".
According to a recently published UN report, British security and intelligence officers were often present when British citizens suspected of terrorism, were interrogated by foreign powers.
British resident Omar Degahyes was one of those men mentioned in this damning report. Omar speaks about his experience of rendition and torture. After being detained in Bagram airbase in Kabul, Omar was than taken to Guantanamo Bay where he was held for six years.
Omar explains how he was repeatedly tortured and beaten and lost sight in one eye after an attack by a guard.
Omar is now taking the UK government to ...
North Korean authorities have executed three people, sent three other family members to a political prison camp and exiled another family for their role in a failed defection attempt.
The latest executions form part of a long line whereby potential defectees are caught by Chinese police on their way to Neimenggu, where many plan to cross into Mongolia and from there travel to South Korea.
The victims named as Jeong Dae Sung (35), wife Lee Ok Geum (32), and a family friend, Song Gwang Cheol have become the latest affected by the “50-day Battle” security crackdown launched on 2 January ...
Suspicions were raised about the three prisoner deaths last week by ex-Guantánamo guards who spoke to Scott Horton of Harpers Magazine.
Like the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration insists that the deaths were suicides; in this interview, Seton Hall law professor Mark Denbeaux describes his experience of seeking an investigation with the Justice Department.
A UN report released yesterday on the global practice of secret rendition and torture has reaffirmed that the US are not solely responsible for the mistreatment of prisoners in the so-called ‘war on terror’. Secret detention facilities have been discovered in Romania, Poland and Lithuania.
The report indicates that a number of European countries have been complicit in the violation of international human rights law and international humanitarian law as secret detention is irreconcilable with both. The report proves that Europe has a fundamental role to play in ending post 9/11 policy and beginning an era of transparency. The ...
Younous Chekkouri is a Moroccan national who has spent eight agonizing years in Guantánamo Bay. He is in urgent need of assistance. Fearing torture and persecution if returned to Morocco, he desperately needs a new home, which is why Reprieve is calling on European governments to offer him protection.
Younous was seized in 2001 as he fled war torn Afghanistan. Like many Arabs seeking refuge in Pakistan at that time, he was sold by Pakistani authorities to the U.S. for a bounty. He spent five months in the brutal, U.S.-operated prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan before being ...
I will never forget the day I watched Ismail hug his brother in Somaliland after two and a half years in Guantánamo.
Before his unlawful detention, Ismail played an integral role in Somali society as an English teacher, a community organizer, and a skilled mediator. His people suffered a great loss when he was seized, and I am delighted they have him again. He has begun resuming his good works already.
In a majority vote of 7-2 the US Supreme Court sitting in Washington last week upheld the death sentence handed down against Holly Wood - a man with the IQ of a seven-year-old child.
Wood was convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, Ruby Lois Gosha, by a court in Alabama in 1993. He was represented during his murder trial by three court-appointed attorneys, including one fresh out of law school and with no experience on a capital case. The fledgling lawyer took charge of the case at the sentencing phase after Wood had been found guilty and jurors were deciding if ...