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After a catastrophically flawed trial, Linda Carty was sentenced to death in February 2002 and faces execution within months. She desperately needs your help.
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'An unusual choice of destination' was the verdict of the saleswoman in Waterstones where I bought my Albania travel guide.
It is an improbable destination too for the three men who were released there from the prison in Guantánamo Bay on 24 February. An Egyptian, a Libyan and a Tunisian – with no previous ties to Albania – it is perhaps at first glance not obvious why this isolated, post-communist country came to step in to help end their eight years of illegal imprisonment.
The answers are both emotional and diplomatic. Albanian–American relations stretch back to the nineteenth century when ...
China has executed one Japanese national this week and plans to execute three more.
Mitsunobu Akano, 65, was executed on Tuesday for allegedly attempting to smuggle 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of narcotics from China to Japan. Akano is the first Japanese citizen to be executed by the Chinese since 1972, when diplomatic relations between China and Japan were finally re-established.
Japanese Justice Minister Keiko Chiba has expressed concern that the case "could trigger a backlash from the Japanese public".
Beijing appears indifferent and has informed Japan that it plans to execute three more Japanese drug smugglers, potentially before ...
Now he’s facing execution because he’s accused of using that gun to kill two men.
The least you can do is pay his legal costs, so that he can get a fair trial in Iraq. He shouldn’t have been there, and he shouldn’t have been armed.
So far, you have offered the equivalent of four seconds of your ...
On the eve of President Obama’s self-imposed deadline for closing the military prison, only 47% of US citizens supported keeping it open. Yet in a new CNN poll released just two months after the missed deadline, the number skyrocketed to 60%.
CNN's Polling Director, Keating Holland said:
“Just Democrats still think that Guantánamo should be closed, but Independents have completely changed—from an even spilt in January 2009 to three-quarters who want to keep the facility open today.”
Speculation in accounting for the 13% rise includes the case of Umar Faruk Abdulmttalab, the “pants bomber” aboard a trans-Atlantic ...
The Electric Palace, hub of the Dorset town, was the perfect setting for this intimate concert that featured two incredible acts, and it proved to be a great night for fans, as well as a success for Reprieve.
Folk legend and veteran campaigner Bragg came out first, clearly enjoying the chance to perform in his home town. He sang old favourites like ‘New England’, and dedicated the song ‘I ...
Last summer I was privileged to be asked by photographer Nadia Bettaga to be photographed as part of Changing the Face of Human Rights Project.
Nadia Bettega’s exhibition explores what human rights mean to the lives and stories of 60 people living in Britain today.
I chose a key because it represents freedom. My work is all about opening doors, allowing people to come out. The biggest rewards have been the smallest things... someone going home, going free, to be with his or her family.
She has taken an amazing photograph of me in my mother's garden, in ...
Amnesty International today published their annual Death Penalty Report, calling for China to end the secrecy surrounding sentencing and executions.
Protesting the continuing refusal by Chinese officials to publish official figures for executions, Amnesty decided not to include an estimate of those killed. Amnesty’s rationale is that such calculations “grossly under represent” the actual number the state has killed or sentenced to death.
China’s wall of secrecy in death penalty cases is something Reprieve has experienced with the execution of British national Akmal Shaikh in December 2009, despite significant evidence of mental illness. Reprieve’s attempts to pursue ...
Japan executed 15 people in 2008 - the highest number since 1975 - and last month's government opinion poll suggests increased support for the death penalty. Does this mean the pro-death penalty camp is gaining momentum in Japan?
Admittedly, the value of the Japanese government's poll is questionable, with only 64% of the 3,000 respondents supplying valid answers on whether the death penalty was 'unavoidable.' But more importantly, given how little information is publicly available about Japan's use of the death penalty, on what basis do Japanese citizens supposedly support it?
The Ministry of Justice only began confirming ...
Imagine just for a minute that the only world you inhabit for three decades is a cell maybe five steps long and three steps wide. Days turn into weeks, weeks to months and months to years. The possibility of losing your mind and fading into oblivion is very real.
Last night was the Human Rights Watch London film festival premiere of ‘in the land of the free’. This film documents the shocking and unbelievable story of ex-Black Panther activists Herman Wallace, Albert Woodfox and Robert King- known as the Angola three. These three men together have spent a century in ...